Gareth Bale’s move away from Real Madrid edges closer as image appears online of star in new shirt

Gareth Bale’s move to China appears to be gathering momentum after a photo of the Welshman in a Jiangsu Suning shirt appeared online.

The 30-year-old’s acrimonious departure from Real Madrid drew closer on Sunday after Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett slated Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane for the way he has handled his client.

As revealed by Sportsmail, Bale’s most likely destination is thought to be China – and this picture on Twitter will only fuel the speculation.

Suning, whose shirt Bale is donning in the photo, are owned by the same company as Inter Milan, Suning Holdings Group, so if Bale wasn’t keen on staying in China a loan move to Italy would be a feasible option.

The team based in Nanjing have spent big money before on former Chelsea midfielder Ramires and fellow Brazilian Alex Teixeira from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Bale’s agent Barnett branded Zidane a ‘disgrace’ on Sunday after the Frenchman bluntly revealed the Spanish giants were ready to offload Bale and Barnett also conceded for the first time that Bale is set to leave Spain.

It is understood the only clubs interested in matching Bale’s salary of £350,000 a week are in China’s Super League, but they would prefer not to pay a transfer fee.

It can also be disclosed that Barnett travelled to the Far East in June to negotiate a deal.

Bale, who is under contract at Real until 2022, is not wanted by Manchester United or Tottenham.

On Saturday, Zidane gave 22 players a run-out with 11 playing in the first half and another 11 in the second period against Bayern Munich.

But Bale was left in the stands.

The coach confirmed afterwards that he had asked the club to sell the Welshman. He said: ‘That’s the way things are. I am the coach and I have spoken to the club. The decision is the coach’s.

‘There comes a time when things are done because they need to be done.

‘I haven’t got anything against him. The situation will change and it’s for the best for everyone.’