From Spain: Manchester United launch £92m bid for Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale

Bale’s place in the Madrid side has not been guaranteed by team coach Zinedine Zidane, and speculation has grown over the Welshman’s possible exit from the Santiago Bernabeu.

Cristiano Ronaldo will soon return from injury, and it is as yet unclear whether it is Bale or Asensio who will make way for the World Player of the Year.

The toxic atmosphere and the emergence of Asensio will revive hope among Bale’s suitors that a deal could yet happen before the close of the transfer window on Thursday.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has insisted that Gareth Bale is still a key part of his plans at the Bernabeu.

Don Balon claim Real bigwigs might view Jose Mourinho’s swoop as the last opportunity to make a decent profit on Bale.

The 28-year-old has won three UEFA Champions League titles and one La Liga trophy since joining Los Blancos, while he has lifted a further six trophies with the club.

“He’s a key player in the squad”.

‘Gareth’s situation is good. Bale is Bale, we are going to continue working and we have him as well as everyone else.

‘I can’t criticise my players, quite the contrary.

‘Here everybody has been booed, the Bernabeu is how it is. You work all your life to get to the top and you don’t want to give that up.

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