Reports in the English press suggest that the Spanish giants have conceded they cannot sign the player yet.
Madrid may go back in for the Welshman in 12 months’ time, with Bale one of the most sought after players in world football.
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Since Guus Hiddink arrived at the helm, Chelsea have improved considerably after a tricky start to the campaign.
Newcastle United are staring down the barrel of relegation to the Championship for the second time in the past eight years.