Chelsea confirm striker has signed deal and Bale agent sends Zidane message

Chelsea target Gareth Bale will only look to leave Real Madrid in the summer if a move gets the green light from manager Zinedine Zidane.

Bale has helped Madrid win four Champions League titles and One La Liga title during his spell at the Bernabeu, but he looks all set to leave the Spanish giants in the coming weeks, with the Premier League his possible destination.

We are in need of an adequate replacement for the departing Eden Hazard, and although they are still in their transfer ban, they are still chasing possible targets in case their ban does get overturned.

Real president Florentino Perez normally oversees transfers but Bale’s agent believes it will be Zidane who makes the final call.

Asked about his comments, Barnett said on the Daily Express website: “Fine, that’s his opinion.”

On Perez being involved in etc transfer negotiations, he added: “Zidane has complete control.”

Meanwhile, we have confirmed that striker Olivier Giroud has decided to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge.

The Frenchman moved to Stamford Bridge just over 12 months ago and made an immediate impact on the side, as well as a number of first team players. But with Gonzalo Higuaín Maurizio Sarri’s first choice to start ninety per cent of games, Giroud has found game time limited this season.

But now we have confirmed that the Frenchman has agreed to stay at the club, as the transfer ban does not allow us to sign any new players.

Director Marina Granovskaia praised Giroud’s contribution since moving to Stamford Bridge.

She said on the Chelsea website: “We are very pleased that Olivier will be a Chelsea player for another season. Since joining us 18 months ago, he has at times had to be patient and wait for opportunities, but has still been able to make a positive contribution for the team.”

“Whether it is his unselfish link-up play or his 10 Europa League goals this season, he has been a crucial member of the squad and we hope he will be able to pick up a second Chelsea winner’s medal in Baku later this month to accompany last season’s FA Cup win.”

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