'Real should let Bale leave for free'

Real Madrid have been urged to cut their losses and allow forward Gareth Bale to leave the club for free.

Bale joined Real from Tottenham in 2013 for a reported fee of €91million and has since won 13 major titles, which includes four UEFA Champions League triumphs.

However, his future was the subject of debate during the off-season, as the 30-year-old was said to be keen on a new challenge amid rising media scrutiny in Spain.

With Bale pocketing a reported £350,000 (R6.7 million) per week, European rivals balked at the idea of taking on the Wales superstar and a move to the Chinese Super League was called off during the final week of the transfer window.

And with Zinedine Zidane's side in sixth place in LaLiga, added to their rocky start to the UEFA Champions League campaign, former striker Predrag Mijatovic feels Bale's time should be up.

"The first thing he thinks about is Wales, then golf and after that, Real Madrid," Mijatovic told Cadena SER.

"I haven't spoken to him but that's how he comes across. You never know whether you will be able to count on him - if he is motivated or not or if he's injured... but we'll see how he improves once the international break approaches.

"Madrid wanted to sell him over the summer but they couldn't find a solution. A decision needs to be made, but where do you start?

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Mijatovic added: "In terms of numbers, I think Bale has already been profitable. If a player of this salary is not motivated, it is better to leave for free and take the salary off.

"It may be worth it to transfer him, even if it is not the money you might think you would get for him. If it is better to let it go free than to keep it? Without any doubt, I believe."

Bale has scored 104 goals and registered 57 assists in 238 games for Los Blancos since his arrival six years ago.

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