Gareth Bale is set to leave Real Madrid this summer according to Spanish news outlet Marca.
Real have finally decided to put the injury-prone former Tottenham ace up for sale.
The news will alert long-time admirers Manchester United, rivals Chelsea who might consider a swap deal involving Eden Hazard, and Tottenham who have a buy-back clause.
The 28-year-old continues to stay on the bench as the club’s fortunes revive and his own morale dives.
Marca points out that Bale was not called on to start last week’s 3-1 Champions League win against Paris Saint-Germain.
Or the recent LaLiga clashes against Real Sociedad and Leganes.
It means the fit-again winger needs game time to return to form but head coach Zinedine Zidane seems increasingly unwilling to use him.
Bale cost Real a then world record £85.3million from Tottenham September, 2013.
He has since made 147 stars and scored 56 goals – a decent return by anyone’s standards for a midfielder.
Added to these figures are the 22 times he has been named as a substitute… but this toll is rising.