Wales boss Chris Coleman has opened up about Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale and said he should not move back to England.
A calf problem has kept the 28-year-old out since September but the Spanish club confirmed a fibrillar rupture to his left abductor on Thursday.
The recovery period for the injury is typically between two and six weeks.
The Welsh international left White Hart Lane in 2013 and has since won Champions League and La Liga honours with Real Madrid, however, injury problems have left his place in the starting eleven questionable.
The former Spurs player has had a total of 12 injuries at the Spanish club, missing a total of 185 days and Welsh boss Coleman has discussed the various problems.
“I’d like to see Gareth wherever he’s going to be happy. If I’m going to be the Welsh manager for two more years, or four more years, I’d like to see him stay at Real Madrid,” he said in a recent interview.
“Okay, he’s picked up a lot of injuries but generally the Premier League is much tougher than La Liga in terms of the physicality,” Coleman says. “It’s very tough the Premier League. When he’s happy he plays good football. When he comes to us and he’s happy and we see an amazing player.
“If he’s happy in Madrid fine. If not he should go and play somewhere where he is happy.”
Both former club Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are keen and it is now understood that Madrid officials are planning a tentative move to offer his services elsewhere.
With Bale now out injured, the likes of Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio can continue their rise in a Madrid shirt, with both impressing Zidane enough to warrant starts ahead of both Bale and Karim Benzema this season, whilst Isco is also consolidating his place in the side.
Madrid who entered the international break, beating Las Palmas 3-0 at Santiago Bernabeu, must prepare to face city rivals Atletico Madrid this weekend in the Madrid derby.