Real Madrid will put Gareth Bale up for sale in the January transfer window, according to reports.
The Welshman has won four Champions Leagues and two La Liga titles in a trophy laden eight years at the club.
However, he is now deemed surplus to requirements at Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who are keen to shift his purported £600,000 per week wages from their wage bill.
His contract is set to expire at the end of the season, but Los Blancos want to extract a transfer fee out of the former Tottenham Hotspur hero.
He is one of six players who are expected to be put in the shop window this coming January.
According to Spanish outlet Marca, Bale, Eden Hazard, and Isco are the most high profile stars Real are trying to axe in the New Year.
The club are also reportedly trying to shift Mariano Diaz, Luka Jovic, and Brazilian left-back Marcelo out of the Bernabeu exit doors.
All six players have struggled for game time under Ancelotti this season, who appears to be empowering a new younger blend of Real stars.
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Bale started Real’s first three matches of the La Liga season and even found the net in a 3-3 draw against Levante.
However, because of crippling knee and calf injuries as well as a bout of Coronavirus, Bale has not played for the 13-time European Champions since August.
Shortly after the European Championships, there were even suggestions the Wales captain was planning on hanging up his boots for good.
However, Bale banished these suggestions in September by saying retirement never came across his mind.
“For me it was better not to say anything and concentrate on the job in hand,” Bale said.
“I never planned to finish. Like I said before, I just wanted to concentrate on the Euros and didn't want to explain myself. I didn't feel like I needed to. I still don't feel like I need to.
“No matter what I said I was going to do whether I was going to stay, leave, retire or whatever, I think it would have caused a big and annoying story and a distracting story.”
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