Gareth Bale is “going nowhere” despite his increasingly peripheral status at Real Madrid, the Wales forward’s agent says.
Bale was visibly frustrated as he was left on the bench for most of Real’s La Liga title triumph this season.
And although other clubs are interested in signing the 31-year-old, his agent Jonathan Barnett says he will not leave on loan or on a permanent transfer.
“Gareth is fine. He has two years left on his contract,” he told BBC Sport.
“He is still as good as anyone else in the team. It’s up to [Real Madrid manager] Zinedine Zidane.
“Of course there’s been interest but there’s hardly a club in the world which can afford him.
“It’s a great loss that he’s not in the Real Madrid team at the moment but he will not leave.”
Bale has previously stated that playing for Wales means more to him than representing Real Madrid and, with Euro 2020 postponed until the summer of 2021, next season will be significant for international football.
If this impasse at Real continues, Bale could find himself lacking in match fitness before leading Wales at what would only be their third appearance at a major tournament.
Even with that possibility in mind, Barnett has dismissed the notion of Bale joining another club on loan in order to play regularly.
“He wants to play for Wales at Euro 2020. He always wants to play well for Wales,” said Barnett.
“Gareth is one of the best players in the world. The best players in the world do not go out on loan.”