DIEGO MARADONA has told Real Madrid to give Gareth Bale away and replace him with Kylian Mbappe.
Argentina legend Maradona believes it’s time Real cut their losses with Bale and could see the Wales star joining either AC or Inter Milan.
Bale cost Madrid a then world-record fee of £85m in 2013 but has missed the majority of this season through injury.
Meanwhile, Mbappe has been a key part of Paris St-Germain’s prolific strike force alongside Neymar and Edinson Cavani.
Maradona is adamant that Bale should be ousted from the Bernabeu and replaced by the up and coming Mbappe.
He told AS: “Bale? Sell Bale, give Bale away, although [Real president] Florentino [Perez] is less likely to give him away.
“He’ll surely be a makeweight for something, and Florentino will be left with half of Madrid or half of Italy and Bale will play for AC Milan or Inter. But I think they have to buy Mbappe.”
Bale has a chance to prove Maradona wrong when Real take on Gremio in the FIFA Club World Cup final in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Amid Bale’s struggles in Spain, Manchester United have been heavily linked with the ex-Tottenham star.
And shock reports from Spanish outlet Diario Gol this week claimed that Jose Mourinho has an agreement with Bale and has now convinced United chiefs to make a move for him.
It is said that Real are pushing for £79m to let the winger leave but the Red Devils are only willing to pay £53m for the 28-year-old.
Bale has scored three times in his last five appearances for Los Blancos including the winner in their FIFA Club World Cup semi-final victory over Al Jazira.