Real Madrid ace Gareth Bale was close to completing a move to China last summer, according to Jiangsu Suning boss Cosmin Olaroiu.
Bale had been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu with teams from Japan and the Premier League having been interested in the Welsh winger.
It did appear that the former Tottenham star was on the brink of a move to China however he ended the summer in the Spanish capital.
There were reports that Bale would be earning wages of up to £1m per week if he moved to the Far East.
And now Olaroiu has revealed just how close Bale came to making the switch to the Chinese Super League outfit.
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Speaking to United Arab Emirates news outlet The National, he said: "It was very close. The club agreed with his agent, his agent was there.
"We agreed with Madrid and in the last month… I don't know what happened there, they lose some friendly games by a big score – Madrid changed their mind.
"First they said they would release him and we would have to pay his salary, then suddenly they said, 'No, you have to pay for the transfer'.
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"And paying the transfer and his salary was a little bit over the budget and so we looked for another player.
"But, actually, I know that it was done 90 per cent in the evening, and then in the morning everything changed.
"But Real Madrid, not us."
There have been plenty of rumours that Real boss Zinedine Zidane is unhappy with Bale.
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That's something that has been dismissed by the Welshman’s agent Jonathan Barnett.
"He loves Madrid; he loves the city. He has a lovely life,” said Barnett.
"Real Madrid want Gareth Bale. There is not a problem between Zidane and Gareth.
"People write about it but I give up now. I don't care. I promise you he wants him.”
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