Bale wants to end career in Madrid
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Jonathan Barnett, agent of Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, has revealed that the Welshman had no intention of joining Manchester United in the summer, despite the paper talk.

Speaking at a Soccerex conference in Manchester, Barnett revealed that Bale, who has led Wales to within touching distance of Euro 2016 qualification, is "very happy" in Madrid and hopes that he remains in the Spanish capital for the remainer of his career.

“In Spain they have clauses which come out and state how you much you have to pay [to break a contract]," said Barnett when quizzed about whether he believes the world record fee, which was shelled out on his client in 2013, will be smashed in the near future. "So at the moment he is the most valuable and it will be a while before someone breaks it.”

The Welshman netted twice against Real Betis in a 5-0 victory before the international break and was on the scoresheet against Cyprus last Thursday evening as Wales close in on their first major tournament appearance since 1958.

A refined role

Barnett refused to comment on the apparent conversation he held with Real Madrid President Florentino Perez about Bale's shift into a No.10 role. 

The ex-Spurs talisman has featured behind the lone forward twice this campaign and came under some hefty scrutiny after his side's limp goalless draw with newly promoted Sporting Gijon.

Bale, though, seemed settled in his newfound central role against Betis last time out and is likely to be given the nod against Espanyol again on Saturday.

Brink of history

Having headed home seven minutes from time against Cyprus, Wales require only one more point to seal their place in this summer's European Championship's in France.

Chris Coleman's side could have booked their passage against Israel but were held to a goalless draw at the national stadium.

Bale has been conducive to his side's success and will be seeking confirmation of their spot in France when they travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina in October before hosting Andorra.