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Boost for Man United as Gareth Bale's agent confirms he is not in talks with Real over new contract

Gareth Bale has been repeatedly linked to Manchester United
Gareth Bale has been repeatedly linked to Manchester United
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Gareth Bale’s advisers are not in talks with Real Madrid over a new contract, despite reports in Spain suggesting the Welshman was set to sign a new deal.

Spanish newspaper Marca claimed that Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett was in discussions over a two-year contract extension for the 26-year-old, but that has been strongly denied by the Welshman’s camp.

His current Real Madrid deal is set to run until the summer of 2019 and while the club may be interesting in ending transfer rumours linking him with a move to Manchester United, this news suggests all options are open for Bale next summer.

United have failed in numerous bids to sign Bale over the last year, but they are likely to return with a fresh offer later this year if they are given further encouragement that a deal is possible.

#LaPortada 'Acorazado Bale'

— MARCA (@marca) January 21, 2016

Meanwhile, Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett has hit out at the reports detailing the confidential details of his client's world record breaking move from Tottenham to Real Madrid in 2013.

Leaks of officials transfer documents revealed all the details of a transfer that has been the subject of much discussion in recent years, with Real Madrid keen to suggest Bale was not a world record signing.

There are suggestions that Real Madrid chiefs were keen not to ruffle the feathers of their star turn Cristiano Ronaldo by admitting publicly that they had paid more than the £80m they paid to sign him from Manchester United when they agreed the deal for Bale.

Yet Tottenham officials explicitly encouraged reporters to confirm the deal for Bale was a world record transfer and now that appears to have been confirmed, much to the annoyance of Barnett.

“There should be an inquiry and an independent investigation because it’s outrageous,” the agent told the Telegraph.

“There also needs to be an apology from the Football Association to the clubs and the player.

“I think it’s disgraceful that people can get hold of this sort of stuff. It shows complete disregard for both clubs and the player.”

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