The former Tottenham Hotspur forward has become a peripheral figure at the La Liga club under Zinedine Zidane.
His relationship with Real head coach Zidane appears to be at the point of no return, leading to speculation that he could be on his way out of the club this summer.
So what is the latest on his future?
Real Madrid’s stance
According to Spanish outlet AS, Real Madrid have come to the conclusion that Bale is “unsellable”.
Instead, they will look to offload other players this summer, meaning Bale is becoming increasingly likely to see out his contract until 2022.
With the 31-year-old reportedly earning up to £600,000 a week before tax, that means Real could end up forking out around £60m for a player who is seemingly not in Zidane’s plans.
Those wages have made it unlikely that any club will be able to make a viable offer for Bale, and the reports say the player is determined to make Madrid pay every penny over the next couple of years.
Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has backed up that view, stating the Welshman isn’t looking at a move away from Madrid.
“Gareth is fine. He has two years left on his contract,” Barnett told BBC Sport.
“He likes living in Madrid and he is going nowhere.
“He is still as good as anyone else in the team. It’s up to [Real Madrid manager] Zinedine Zidane.”
Ruling out the possibility of Bale heading out on loan, Barnett added: “Of course there’s been interest but there’s hardly a club in the world which can afford him.
“Gareth is one of the best players in the world. The best players in the world do not go out on loan.”
What Zidane has said
Speaking after Bale was omitted from the travelling squad for Real Madrid’s second leg tie against Manchester City, Zidane confirmed it was the Welshman’s decision.
Zidane said: “It was a personal conversation I had with him.
“He preferred not to play. The rest remains between me and him but he said he didn’t want to.”
Andros Townsend hint
Former Tottenham winger Andros Townsend says Gareth Bale “wishes he was at Tottenham”.
“I think if anything the Bale situation, he’d want to go back to Spurs,” Townsend told talkSPORT. “The memories of Spurs. His happiness.
“He was the main man. He was loved. He was at the top of his game. So, if anything I think it would work the other way.
“He would be like ‘I wish I was at Spurs now and had the freedom to do whatever I want. To express myself and not worry about where I am now where I get scrutinised for playing Golf.'”
Bale admits he wants to leave Real Madrid
Bale has broken his silence on his future and admitted he would be interested in a Premier League return if the opportunity arose.
“I tried to leave last year and they blocked everything at the last second. It was a project I was excited for but it didn’t materialise. There have been other instances where we have tried to go but the club won’t allow it or they have done something,” he told Sky Sports.
“So I guess it is for the club [to answer about what will happen]. What can I say? I want to play football. I am still motivated to play football so I guess it is on the club really. I can’t do anything, they are in control of everything.
“I have a contract so all I can do is carry on what I am doing and hopefully something comes up.
“It is in the club’s hands and they have made things very difficult to be honest.”
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Premier League club ‘made €100m offer’ for Bale
Real Madrid turned down a €100m offer last summer from an unnamed Premier League club for former Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale, Ramon Calderon has claimed.
Bale’s future at the Santiago Bernabeu has been uncertain for some time now, and in his latest interview, he hit out at Madrid for making it “very difficult” for him to leave the club.
The 31-year-old moved to Real back in the summer of 2013 – and has won two La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey, one Spanish Super Cup, four Champions Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups and three FIFA Club World Cups.
Calderon, the former president of the 13-time Champions League winners, has claimed Madrid turned down a big-money offer from a Premier League side for Bale’s services last summer. Read here
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Real Madrid prepared to pay half of Bale’s wages
According to the Telegraph, Real Madrid are ready to pay 50 per cent of Gareth Bale’s salary to grant his wish to move away from the Bernabeu and pave the way for a return to the Premier League.
This comes amid other reports that the La Liga side are willing to let him go should an offer of £22million be made for the 31-year-old.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Bale does not figure in Zinedine Zidane’s plans for the upcoming season, but the board will only let him leave for a fee.