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Real Madrid blocked Gareth Bale's move to China because club president Florentino Perez believes the Welshman is too valuable a player to let go on the cheap.
Bale's proposed transfer to Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning collapsed after Real Madrid sensationally called the deal off.
Exclusive: Gareth Bale's proposed move to China is OFF. As things stand, he will be staying at Real Madrid #RMFC
- David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) July 28, 2019
Reports claim the move broke down over demands made by Real Madrid, who're requesting a transfer fee for the 30-year-old per Telegraph.
Perez also prevented the deal from happening as he believes Bale is too valuable to let walk away cheaply.
Of course, the Spanish giants shelled out a then-world record transfer fee to sign Bale from Tottenham in 2013.
The Chinese window slams shut on Wednesday, so all parties involved haven't got much time to resurrect a deal.
Zinedine Zidane revealed after his side's pre-season defeat to Bayern Munich that Bale was close to leaving the club.
"We hope he leaves soon," the Frenchman said about Bale. "It would be best for everyone. We are working on his transfer to a new team.
"I have nothing personal against him, but there comes a time where things are done because they must be done.
"I have to make decisions. We have to change.
"The exit is the coach's decision, and also of the player, who knows the situation.
"The situation will change, I do not know if in 24 or 48 hours, but it will - and it's a good thing for everyone."
Bale's team are "furious" following the latest update and the star's agent, Jonathan Barnett, didn't hold back when giving his honest views about Zidane.
"Zidane is a disgrace to speak like that about someone who has done so much for Real," he said.
"If and when Gareth goes it will be because it is in the best interest of Gareth and nothing to do with Zidane pushing."
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