Gareth Bale is reportedly keen on committing his future to Real Madrid – but is in no rush to put pen-to-paper on any deal handed to him, 90min reports.
The Daily Mirror claims that the Welsh superstar has no intentions of departing the Bernabeu, despite constant speculation linking him with moves back to the Premier League.
Real are eager to tie down their core crop of world-class talent for the foreseeable future, particularly in the wake of a potential FIFA transfer ban that could run until 2018, and are currently locked in negotiations with both Bale and fellow forward Cristiano Ronaldo over new contracts.
The La Liga giants have supposedly reached an impasse with Portugal captain Ronaldo over the length of his deal, with the 31-year-old allegedly holding out for a five-year contract in what is sure to be his last big pay day.
Discussions over extending Bale’s stay, meanwhile, are not believed to be as advanced as Ronaldo’s, but Real are not worried about the 27-year-old performing a U-turn and deciding his future lies away from Spain’s top flight.
The Mirror states in its report that the former Tottenham Hotspur man will net £250,000-a-week in wages after tax – a salary that will take him above teammate Sergio Ramos as the second highest earner at the club.
Bale will also see the mandatory release clause fee, a requirement in all contracts for players plying their trade in Spain, increase to half a billion euros (£445m). One of Bale’s other current clauses, which would see him handed a tidy bonus if he was crowned the winner of the prestigious Ballon d’Or award, is also set to be retained in any new deal.
Real, who are the current holders of the Champions League trophy, are extremely hopeful over Bale agreeing to sign on the dotted line and join the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos in being tied down to the club – the midfield pair penning new contracts until the summer of 2020 and 2022 respectively in recent weeks.