Real Madrid are reportedly hoping that Manchester United’s interest in Gareth Bale will lead to them making a bid for the winger.
Bale has been out of favour at Real for some time now, and further sparked talk of leaving the club when he openly criticised how they have handled his situation.
The Wales international was thought to be nearing a move to China last year, but the move fell through at the final hour.
He has since been subjected to several games being sat on the bench, starting just 12 La Liga games last season, though injuries did play a part in that.
Now, Spanish outlet Marca have reported that United are keen to offer the 31-year-old a way out of the Bernabeu.
Real would be very open to selling him for a fee, with Zinedine Zidane and Bale set for showdown talks about his future at the club.
Bale insists that he is eager to get back to playing regularly, but admitted that life in Madrid has been made difficult by the club in recent years.
“Last year they blocked everything at the last second, so it was a project that I was excited for last year but it didn't materialise,” he told Sky Sports.
“There have been other incidents when we've tried to go but the club wouldn't allow it or have done something, so as for the club, what can I say.
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“I want to play and I'm still motivated to play football so I guess it's on the club really. I can't really do much, they are in control of everything. I have a contract so all I can do is carry on doing what I'm doing and hopefully something comes up.
“As I've said it's in the club's hands and they make it very difficult, to be honest.”
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