And let's not rule out the fact that Real Madrid fans might be using Bale as a scapegoat for a poor season.
Stunned holders Real Madrid were sent packing from the Champions League on Tuesday, a 4-1 home hammering by Ajax seeing them lose their last-16 tie 5-3 on aggregate. Naturally, Real Madrid will be interested as they always are with the best players in the world.
The last-16 exit marks the first time the 13-time champions have failed to reach the quarter-finals since 2010, and defender Dani Carvajal fears the "season is over" for a club who have won the last three Champions League finals. "Something like this was going to happen sooner or later". Team news should be with us any minute now.
That misconception lasted barely seven minutes, as the visitors took advantage of an early mistake and punished Real ruthlessly.
Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari has apologised to fans after shock defeat to Ajax.
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Given the trouble Florentino Perez and co. went through to bring him to Madrid, it seems weird Solari's predecessor, Julen Lopetegui was only be given 10 matches to figure things out.
Solari oversaw an improvement after Julen Lopetegui was sacked in November but his team, 12 points behind Barcelona in La Liga, have watched their season unravel in a week. 'We're out of a competition where we've been kings for a very long time, ' he said. "We gave our best but it wasn't enough".
"We'll be training tomorrow, we have our LaLiga commitments at the weekend". Today, we came with a clear mind of wanting to win, but two errors put us 2-0 down.
There has been widespread speculation of a possible departure for the 29-year-old forward but Barnett said that Bale has no intention of leaving the European champions.
It was their joint heaviest-ever home defeat in Europe, having also lost by three goals to CSKA Moscow in the group stage in December.
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They capitalised on the absence of Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, who is missing the game through suspension.
Tadic also provided the assist for Ziyech's goal as Ajax made the ideal start in Madrid.
Things got worse for Madrid. The young Brazilian appeared to be crying as he made his way back to the bench. Asensio and Nacho Fernandez also wasted opportunities as Madrid's lack of scoring touch was costly again.
It was still advantage Real, with two away goals to Ajax's one.
Real eventually pulled one back through Marcus Asensio on 70 minutes, but Ajax's Schone caught Thibaut Courtois out with a curled free-kick two minutes later to end any hopes of a late Real fightback.
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