Real Madrid have reportedly been unable to find a club willing to purchase their star winger Gareth Bale.
According to Diario AS, the Spanish giants want to sell the Welshman, however have received no interest to date.
Bale’s future at the club has been unclear ever since his heroics in last season’s UEFA Champions League final against Liverpool, where his post-match comments suggested he was on the way out.
Tensions grew with manager Zinedine Zidane after Bale revealed that they had not spoken after the game, before the Frenchman’s resignation days later appeared to cause the player to stay.
Rumours of Bale’s departure have now resurfaced following Zidane’s return to the Bernabéu.
Manchester United have been heavily linked to the four-time Champions League winner, while former club Tottenham and Italian giants AC Milan have also been linked.
If no club are willing to pay a transfer fee, a loan spell could eventuate, similarly to Real Madrid’s James Rodríguez whose two-year loan at Bayern Munich is approaching its conclusion.
Bale has come under criticism at times this season, including from his teammates.
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois labelled the Welshman as an outcast to the rest of the squad.
“The other night we had a dinner with the entire squad. But Bale and (Toni) Kroos did not turn up. They thought the dinner was too late at night,” he said.
Left-back Marcelo also revealed that Bale remarkably has not learnt to speak Spanish, despite joining the club in 2013.
“On the other side I have Bale, but Bale does not speak [Spanish] as he only speaks English and we talk with gestures and I say, ‘Hi, hello and good wine.’”
His failure to learn the language has not sit well with the fans, who have been known to whistle the £85 million man during games.
Real Madrid face Getafe on Friday morning (AEST) where Bale is likely to start on the bench.