Zidane wants rid of Bale, that is clear.
I firmly believe that Bale wants to leave Madrid also, but is adopting a stance of wishing to stay, in order that he is payed loyalty bonuses etc.
If he requests a transfer, my understanding is that he would then forgo specific bonuses due to him, which probably total millions of euros.
I think the same thing happened with Rooney at Man Utd when the Everton move was rumoured.
I very much doubt he would end up in China and that is just scaremongering. He can't even speak Spanish after 5 years there ...
On his day, he is a cracking player. But his injury record and durability give me the fear. I previously held futures in him and he is my single biggest loss and mistake on the index.
You won't fool me twice Mr Bale ... 🤣