Gareth Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, has spoken of the Welshman’s determination to succeed — admitting that his desire to be the best is the reason why the winger’s Real Madrid future is under question.

Bale put the likes of Manchester United and Bayern Munich on red alert a few weeks ago, just minutes after completing an incredible match-winning brace to secure Madrid the Champions League.

Still, it was a tough season with mixed opportunities, leading to a potential change of clubs this summer.

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And now his agent has opened up the situation, explaining that he has yet to speak with the club about his future. He’s also suggested why Bale might have to leave the Spanish capital.

“I think we have to talk to Real Madrid and see where that will take us,” began Barnett, via Mundo Deportivo. “He wants to live a better course than last season, he wants to play more and it’s important for him. I think he’s one of the three or four best players in the world.”

An outstanding bicycle kick from Bale gave Madrid a 2-1 lead in Kiev back in May and it was his 35-yard effort that Loris Karius spilled into the back of his own net to give Madrid the win. 

And, according to his agent, Bale knows he is one of the best.

“Someone of this level has to play. It is not a matter of money. He wants to win the Golden Ball and I think he can. I think his goal in the final of the Champions League rekindled the interest around him.

“But we already knew how good it was. He does not need to prove it. It was a magnificent achievement. He loves his life in Spain, has three children, and he is very happy here. But we must see. He has to play.”

United would be the perfect club for Bale to hit back at his doubters in Spain. He’d come in a star and immediately have a key role in Jose Mourinho’s side. At Madrid, that won’t ever happen as long as Cristiano Ronaldo is around.

Bale’s agent added: “He has to play football. (As an Arsenal fan) I’d love him to play there but it’s got as much chance as me going to the moon.”