Gareth Bale will stick to his guns and stay at Real Madrid in a £60million ($A110m) stand-off as payback for failing to let him leave last summer.
Zinedine Zidane confirmed the Wales star refused to travel for the Champions League defeat to Manchester City on Friday night because the attacker knew he would not get picked.
Determined Bale plans to see out the final two years of his Bernabeu contract as he remains furious with Real for blocking his mega-move to China 12 months ago.
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The £1million-a-week ($A1.8m) deal to Jiangsu Suning was called off at the 11th hour after Real asked for a transfer fee and that U-turn by the Spanish champions has led to Bale’s stubborn stance.
Bale has not figured in Real’s last eight games but the 31-year-old has told friends he will not be pushed around.
A close pal revealed: “Gareth will see out his last two years unless he not only gets a move he wants but his contract paid up.
“He has not forgiven Real for stopping him going to China. He’s a very determined character and is determined to stand up for his rights.
“If that means he stays at Real for the next two years and doesn’t get a game then that is what he is determined to do.
“He will only move to a club that he believes suits him and he will only do that if Real show him the respect he believes he has earned there.”
Bale’s wage can total up to £30million ($A54 million) a year including bonuses.
Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan said on talkSPORT that there is a clear disconnect between Bale’s attitude and that of the Real Madrid fanbase.
“What’s the point? If you don’t want to play then why are you a footballer?,” he said.
“The fans don’t believe he values the club & that he’s injured too much.”
“He’s got the idea that he’s a golfer more than a footballer!”
Meanwhile, Bale’s Wales team-mate Joe Allen is unlikely to be fit for Wales’ Nations League double-header against Finland and Bulgaria next month.
The Stoke midfielder, 30, is recovering from a ruptured Achilles injury sustained versus Hull in March.
Allen is back in non-contact training and hopes to be in contention for selection for the Championship outfit in mid-September when the new season starts.
Ryan Giggs’ Wales face Finland in Helsinki on September 3 followed by a home clash with Bulgaria in Cardiff three days later.
But those two League B games are set to come too soon for the 56-cap ace.
Bale and Allen are not the only selection issue Giggs will face when international football returns after a ten-month break due to Covid-19.
Giggs will also monitor the futures of several of his squad before the Euro 2020 finalists next meet up.
Ethan Ampadu, 19, is back at Chelsea after his season-long loan expired at Leipzig while James Lawrence is in the same situation having returned to Anderlecht after a spell on loan at German club St Pauli.
Skipper Ashley Williams, 35, is currently without a club having finished the season at Bristol City but his future is in limbo with the Robins yet to announce a new manager.
And all-time caps holder Chris Gunter, with 96 appearances for Wales, is also looking for a new club after being released by Reading last month.
Giggs has previously made a big play that he wants players playing for their club sides if they want to stake a claim to be in his national side.
This article first appeared onThe Sun and was reproduced with permission.