Cristiano Ronaldo's exit has no bearing on Gareth Bale's future at Real Madrid, with talks still required with the Bernabeu hierarchy, the Wales international's agent has told ESPN FC.
Bale opened up uncertainty over where he would be playing next season directly following his match-winning display in the Champions League final victory over Liverpool, when he voiced frustration at losing his starting place for the biggest games under then-coach Zinedine Zidane.
Zidane's exit, then Ronaldo's €100 million departure for Juventus, could see Bale now taking a more central role in both the team and the club's overall project -- although club president Florentino Perez could move to sign a new high-profile replacement such as Neymar, Kylian Mbappe or Eden Hazard."
Amid all this upheaval, Bale's agent, Jonathan Barnett, has told ESPN FC that the reported Manchester United target's thinking over his future is not directly affected by the Portugal captain no longer being around. A meeting with Bernabeu chiefs is still needed to talk about his client's situation, despite some local media reports that the sit-down had been cancelled as there was now nothing really to discuss.