Bale insists on January exit


The writing has long been on the wall for Gareth Bale. Zinedine Zidane wanted him gone from Real Madrid before the previous transfer window closed, but a move did not materialize, report agencies.

But as the January window approaches, Bale is reportedly ready to leave.

Gareth Bale wants to leave Real Madrid in January amid links to the Chinese Super League, according to Cadena Ser.

Bale was poised to make a shock switch to China after being told to move on by Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane, though the Welshman remained at the Santiago Bernabeu. However, Bale is reportedly desperate for a January exit and wants Madrid to listen to offers from the CSL.

Meanwhile, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has offered himself to former club Juventus. Bologna have confirmed their interest in the LA Galaxy striker, whose contract is set to expire. Ibrahimovic spent two years at Juventus, however, the Serie A champions are reportedly not prepared to bring back the veteran as they look to trim their squad in January.

 Roma are close to reaching an agreement with Manchester United for on-loan defender Chris Smalling. Calciomercato reports the Serie A side are preparing to present a €17million (£14.6m) offer for the Englishman.