A realisation that there may be a lack of a serious market for Gareth Bale has led to Real Madrid becoming open to the possibility of loaning out the Welshman.
Marca reports that the Spanish side is set for an overhaul of their squad this summer with Bale one of those they are looking to offload, either on loan or in a permanent move.
A loan move would likely work similarly to James Rodriguez's time at Bayern Munich. The Colombian is currently in the second year of a two-year loan period with the German side. Bayern have the option to purchase Rodriguez when the loan expires.
It's said that Madrid have not received any offers for Bale - that includes following his heroics in last year's Champions League final against Liverpool.
Reasons for the lack of interest in Bale include an extensive injury history at Madrid. In his six seasons at the club, he has missed 86 games due to injury.
He is currently contracted to Madrid until 2022 on a salary, €17 million per season, which makes him the best-paid player at the club. That another club would be willing to match that figure seems unlikely.
Despite those factors, Bale does have some eye-catching states: 102 goals and 63 assists in 228 games for Madrid.
It is also said that the player's agent, Jonathan Barnett, told Madrid recently that his client is happy at the club and is not contemplating a return to England.
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