The Wales international has been whistled and booed by his own fans in recent weeks and is a target for Manchester United, but the former president expects him to stay


Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon insists Gareth Bale will only leave the club this summer if he decides to force his way out.

Bale has come under-fire in recent months following a series of below-par performances, and turned in another lacklustre display as Real were eliminated from the Champions League by Juventus on Wednesday, with the Welshman missing a host of chances as the Serie A side progressed to the final 3-2 on aggregate.

Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, has suggested that his client’s team-mates do not pass to him enough , while Manchester United are monitoring his situation, with the former Tottenham Hotspur winger a priority target for Louis van Gaal’s side .

Goal understands that Bale is determined to remain in Spain and make a success of his move , and Calderon believes that the 25-year-old’s future is in his own hands, while he has also rejected talk that the star has failed since joining the club in a world-record €100 million transfer from Spurs in 2013.

“I think Gareth Bale will stay at Real Madrid. As I always say, it’s the player who decides whether he leaves or not,” he told TalkSport .

“I don’t see Real Madrid selling him now, having paid more than €100m for him. He’ll only leave if he says, ‘I’m not happy here, I want to leave’.

“That’s the only situation I can see him leaving the club. He wasn’t the worst player against Juventus, he was unlucky not to score.

“I don’t think he’s been a failure. He came with a higher transfer fee than Cristiano Ronaldo so people are always going to compare Bale with him.

“They want to see him be better than Ronaldo, to score more goals. It’s impossible, though.

“It’s unfair to say he’s failed. Real Madrid are very demanding, they want to win all of the titles every year, but it’s impossible.”