One of Gareth Bale’s representatives, Joshua Barnett, has laughed off talk of the Wales international remaining in Spain on the back of his departure from Real Madrid as a free agent, with the son of Jonathan Barnett – the man who manages the 32-year-old’s career – claiming to have had no contact with La Liga minnows Getafe.
Bale has spent the last nine years of his career at Santiago Bernabeu, where he has won three Liga titles and five Champions League crowns while scoring more than 100 goals.
His role in the squad was reduced in recent seasons however, and the club have confirmed that his contract will not be extended beyond June 30.
Getafe reveal Bale transfer offer
Bale has been strongly linked with a return to the Premier League after previous spells at Tottenham and Southampton, but there have been suggestions that his agents are looking for other suitors in Spain.
Getafe president Angel Torres has claimed that representatives of a man heading to the World Cup finals in Qatar later this year have been in touch to gauge whether they would be interested in bringing him to Coliseum Alfonso Perez.
The Madrid-based club are considered among the lesser clubs in La Liga and certainly won't be rivalling the Blancos for top honours in the Spanish capital, but Torres sees Bale's arrival as a realistic "possibility".
"Someone may take it as a joke, but 45 or 50 minutes ago I spoke with his agents, and they offered him to us. It is not a joke," the Getafe president has told reporters.
"I have to think about it and talk to the coach. I don't know if he will come. Of course it's a possibility, all great footballers are.
"They have offered it to me and I have kindly listened. From there I will consult with the coach. Anything is possible."
How have Bale's agents responded to the Getafe claims?
Joshua Barnett has said that the discussions being claimed by Getafe would be impossible as he has no way of contacting the president of a club based on the outskirts of Madrid.
He has told Fabrizio Romano: “I don’t even have the president of Getafe’s number."
With that in mind, a deal that keeps Bale in La Liga remains unlikely, with the expectation being that he will return to British shores this summer.
Will Gareth Bale retire from football?
Bale addressed the ongoing speculation over his future before helping Wales reach their first World Cup in 64 years with a playoff victory over Ukraine.
The veteran attacker said he had "no worries" about his future and was only focused on the game, but when asked if he has any offers on the table for next season, he replied: "Yeah, I've got loads."