GARETH Bale has been dealt a huge blow after Real Madrid blocked his big-money move to China.
The Welsh winger would have earnt €1.1 million a week had he joined Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning on a three-year deal.
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But Madrid president Florentino Perez stopped the transfer in its tracks after the Los Blancos board has asked for a transfer fee.
The Wales international, 30, will now continue at Real Madrid, where he joined in 2013 from Tottenham for a then-record fee of €100million.
It is highly unlikely that another European club will be able to foot Bale’s €660,000-a-week wage.
It comes after Galacticos boss, Zinedine Zidane, admitted it would be ‘best for everyone’ if Bale left Real Madrid.
His comments follow a relationship breakdown between the pair, who won have won three Champions League titles together.
After the French manager left Bale out of a pre-season game with Bayern Munich, which Madrid lost, he said, ‘we hope he leaves soon’.
He added: “We are working on his transfer to a new team.
“I have nothing personal against him but there comes a time where things are done because they must be done.”
Bale still has three years left on his contract with the Bernabeu club, where he has made just 79 La Liga starts in the previous three seasons, after numerous injuries.