FORMER Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes Gareth Bale could be allowed to leave if he slaps in a transfer request.
Bale had a shocker against Juventus last night as the Spanish giants crashed out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage.
That has ramped up speculation he could join Manchester United for £80m in the summer and Sunday Express journalist John Richardson claims it is almost a done deal.
Calderon, who was in charge of Real between 2006 and 2009, insists Bernabeu bigwigs do not want to sell the world's most expensive player.
But he reckons Bale could influence his own future by asking to leave.
"I think Gareth Bale will stay at Real Madrid," Calderon told talkSPORT. "As I always say, it's the player who decides whether he leaves or not.
"I don't see Real Madrid selling him now, having paid more than €100m for him. He'll only leave if he says, 'I'm not happy here, I want to leave'.
"That's the only situation I can see him leaving the club. He wasn't the worst player against Juventus, he was unlucky not to score.
"I don't think he's been a failure. He came with a higher transfer fee than Cristiano Ronaldo so people are always going to compare Bale with him.
"They want to see him be better than Ronaldo, to score more goals. It's impossible though.
"It's unfair to say he's failed. Real Madrid are very demanding, they want to win all of the titles every year, but it's impossible."