Gareth Bale: Real Madrid forward ‘angry’ and wants to leave – Guillem Balague

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Gareth Bale has helped Real Madrid win the Champions League four times in six seasons since joining from Tottenham in 2013

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is “angry” and “fed up” at the Spanish giants and wants to leave the club, according to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Guillem Balague.

Bale had been set to join Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning on a three-year contract in the summer – earning a reported £1m a week – but Real cancelled the deal because they wanted a transfer fee.

In July, Real manager Zinedine Zidane said “we hope he leaves soon”, a comment to which Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett replied: “Zidane is a disgrace – he shows no respect for a player that has done so much for Real Madrid.”

Bale has won four Champions Leagues, one La Liga title, a Copa del Rey and three Uefa Super Cups and Club World Cups during his time at Real, scoring more than 100 goals.

After the collapse of his move to China, the 30-year-old Wales international pulled out of a pre-season game in Munich – understood to be because he was not in the right mental state to play.

He has returned to the Real team this season, scoring twice in seven matches as they have moved to the top of La Liga.

But he was left out of the squad for last week’s Champions League game against Club Bruges, before returning to the starting line-up for the 4-2 win against Granada on Saturday.

“Gareth Bale is fed up,” said Balague. “He can do this no longer. At a time when he began to stand out, knowing that as he plays matches his fitness would be sharpened, he suddenly had to watch the game against Bruges in the stands. Nobody knows why.

“He is angry, confused. When Zidane returned to the club, he decided he did not want Bale, without anyone having offered a clear reasoning.

“Bale was told that Zidane, with whom he has a professional relationship, had made an unequivocal decision and was preparing for his departure.

“His agent, Jonathan Barnett, set out to find him alternative options, but Bale preferred – ahead of any other possibility – to remain at the club.

“What the Welshman does not quite understand is why the doors were opened, and then they did not let him go. Madrid agreed not to charge a transfer fee to the Chinese side Jiangsu Suning, but ultimately they backed down because they believed that another Chinese team were willing to pay a large amount for James Rodriguez, a rumour that ended up being false.

“Bale has played well in recent weeks – partly because he is angry – in response to the distance and coldness with which the coach treats him, and he has finally rebelled at his situation.

“It is said that he likes golf more than football, and it is true that he does not live the profession with the intensity of others, either on or off the pitch.

“He only asks for minutes to be able to give his best and to be able to offer goals to the team, something they lack.

“Leaving him out of the game against Bruges is difficult to understand, and has been the last straw.

“For the first time since he arrived at Real Madrid in the summer of 2013, the Welshman wants to leave. He feels that it is not fair what is being done with him.”

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Giles wants new coach in next month

Giles also said he intended to appoint one head coach to replace the outgoing Trevor Bayliss, who oversaw World Cup glory and a drawn Ashes series over the summer.

The former England spinner said he hoped to have someone in place before the players leave for the tour of New Zealand on 21 October.

Giles said: “I see one coach leading the whole thing. I’ve been part of set-up where there are two coaches and role-playing that out, for me, it doesn’t end particularly well.

“If we have one head coach and some very good assistants, we are going to have to look after those guys well. The head coach would have some time off, so it’s an opportunity for those assistants to lead in different forms.

“I hope we have a shortlist in a week to 10 days and we will go through interviews. We won’t rush it but it would be nice to have someone in place before we leave for New Zealand.

“It will be a global list. We will search far and wide for the right candidate.”

Stokes ‘not affected by newspaper story’

Giles also said England’s Ben Stokes was owed an apology by a newspaper which printed an article about his family, leading to the all-rounder releasing a critical statement.

Stokes has called the Sun’s front-page story on Tuesday “utterly disgusting”, though the newspaper has defended its journalism.

The 28-year-old hit a match-winning innings in the World Cup final, and then struck an unbeaten 135 in the third Ashes Test against Australia in August to keep England in contention in the series.

“The article was unnecessary and the timing was poor,” Giles told BBC Sport. “It was misjudged because over the last six months Stokes has become a national hero.

“I hope the newspaper regrets it. The best thing it could do is apologise to the Stokes family.

“As for Ben, he is rock-solid, he is one of our warriors.

“What was fantastic to see was how his team-mates and management rallied round him and his family, and the wider public and other people from sport and TV and beyond.”

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Cuban long jumper Juan Miguel Echevarria (Philippe Fitte)

“The world record is a very difficult mark to break but it’s not impossible,” says the Cuban, who last year sailed out to a marginally wind-assisted 8.83m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Stockholm. “I see a big future for me.

“We’re working on my longevity; we don’t want to just jump for a few moments in time,” he adds. “I still lack mental strength, physical strength and speed, but I’ve always believed in myself and I’ve always given the very best.

“I want to enjoy every single one of my competitions; I want to give people the best show ever.”

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