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Name Jonathan Barnett
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Ethnic English
Job English Football Agent
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Client Gareth Bale
  Ilaix Moriba
  Saul Niguez

1998 10 12 Retrieve

[Football agent Jonathan Barnett slams Berkovic for not taking his kick in the head like a man. (Oh - Barnett is Hartson’s agent, by the way)] I think Berkovic has been cowardly and despicable in the way he has acted

2014 11 22 Retrieve

[Jonathan Barnett on his client Gareth Bale] I’m sure that he will be the best player in the world. He will win the Ballon d’Or. I told the Barcelona president and Jose Angel Sanchez, and they laughed. They don’t laugh much now!

2019 03 04 Retrieve

[With rumours suggesting his time at the club is coming to an end after he refused to celebrate with team-mate after scoring for Real Madrid last week, Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett entered the debate as he spoke to Sky Sports] This generation of Real fans will be talking about Gareth’s goals for years to come. Frankly they should be ashamed of themselves. Gareth deserves the greatest of respect. The way the Real fans have treated Gareth is nothing short of a disgrace. In the six years he has been in Spain, he has won everything. He is one of the best players in the world. Those fans should be kissing his feet.

2019 07 17 Retrieve

[The lack of interest in Bale is particularly frustrating for Madrid, given the Wales international has little desire to facilitate a transfer] He’s got a lovely life and home in Spain. I think it would take something exceptional for him to leave and loans are not on the menu.

2019 12 06 Retrieve

[Jonathan Barnett says Gareth Bale ‘not ecstatic’ at Real Madrid but has not asked to leave] He’s not ecstatic. He has got a contract and as long as he is a Real Madrid player he will play at 100% - and do very well. He has never asked to leave. If the right opportunity came along for him and it’s something he wants to do, we have to have a chat with the president of Real Madrid and see where we are

2020 01 20 Retrieve

[Speaking about Bale at the Association of Football Agents meeting in north London] He’s got another two-and-a-half years left on his contract, and he’s fine. He will be there, everything will be fine. That’s what I’ve always said. I’ve never deviated from that. Things could change but loans are ridiculous. Not many clubs can afford him anyway. He’s happy, and hopefully, win a couple more things with them

[On whether he would ever potentially return on loan to a Premier League club] He’s one of the best players on earth, why would he go somewhere on loan? That’s ridiculous

2020 01 22 Retrieve

[Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has delivered an update on his client’s future] At the moment he is going to be playing football this evening for Real Madrid and he has got two and a half years left on his contract. He is fine, he will be there and everything will be fine.

He is one of the best players on earth. Why would one of the best players on earth go on loan? That’s ridiculous. That’s what I have always said. I have never deviated. Things can change but loans are ridiculous and there are not many clubs that can afford him anyway. He is happy and hopefully he will win a couple more things with Real Madrid

2020 01 22b Retrieve

[Jonathan Barnett are among a group who are set to fight reforms from FIFA, which is proposing to cap agents’ fees] FIFA say a lot of things and mostly they are not correct. I think what we want to do is to sit down with them with a blank piece of paper and come up with a proper solution that satisfies everybody. I don’t think it has ever been done before. Most of the world’s top agents are in one room together and 100% of them agree on a course of action and it is lovely.

We want fairness. We do a very good job and we act for players. We don’t act for FIFA and FIFA should recognise us and treat us in a proper manner. The truth is FIFA don’t know exactly what an agent does. I am supposedly one of the biggest agents in the world and I know they have never been to my office. They have never had a conversation with me.

It is something I think that they think can get them votes and get the public on their side. I think it is rubbish. If you ask players what they want, they are in favour of agents and there are never complaints about agents’ fees from players.

It is just ludicrous what FIFA are saying. No, no [they are yet to talk to us]. That will hopefully come. We will still write letters to them and hopefully be talking to them and we are waiting for their reply. Hopefully they will come to their senses but if not we will be waiting in the courts. I have nothing else to do in the next few weeks

2020 01 31 Retrieve

[Gareth Bale: Zinedine Zidane rules out forward’s Tottenham move from Real Madrid] He’s got another two-and-a-half years left on his contract, and he’s fine. He will be there, everything will be fine. That’s what I’ve always said. I’ve never deviated from that. Things could change but loans are ridiculous. Not many clubs can afford him anyway. He’s happy, and hopefully, win a couple more things with them.

2020 02 03 Retrieve

[Jonathan Barnett says Bale unlikely to ever return to Tottenham & switch was never an option in January] No. [Daniel Levy] may have [visited Madrid], it’s not for me to say whether he did or didn’t. Gareth is very happy over there. And let’s be realistic: for most clubs he is out of their league, financially. It is all well and good to say, ‘give up that money and go and play somewhere else’, but it is not all about money. It is about his lifestyle and his children, who have grown up in Madrid

[Pressed further on whether Bale could head back to familiar surroundings in 2022] I don’t think so, no. He’s in a very fortunate position. When his contract is up, hopefully, he will sit down with me and his family and decide what he wants to do.

2020 02 03b Retrieve

[Gareth Bale unlikely to make Tottenham return] I don’t think so, no. He’s in a very fortunate position. When his contract is up hopefully he will sit down with me and his family and decide what he wants to do. Gareth is very happy over there. And let’s be realistic, for most clubs he is out of their league, financially. It is all well and good to say, ‘Go and give up that money and go and play somewhere else’, but it is not all about money. It is about his lifestyle and his children, who have grown up in Madrid

[While the Spurs chairman may have been in the Spanish capital, Barnett insists the north London club did not make a bid for Bale] No. He [Levy] may have [visited Madrid], it’s not for me to say whether he did or didn’t. A lot has been said by people who don’t know anything about what is going on. You get articles by people who have absolutely no idea what they are talking about.

[Barnett insists Bale is happy in Spain and wants to see out his contract at the Bernabeu] Gareth believes there is still a future there for him. He has two-and-a-half more years there, he has a wife and three children who are happy. He is still a very important part of Real Madrid. The only people who know what are going on are Zinedine Zidane, Gareth and the president of Real Madrid. They know what is going on

2020 02 07 Retrieve

[Jonathan Barnett says Gareth Bale will spend at least two more years at Real Madrid] He’ll be there for at least another two years so there’s nothing to worry about

[There has been renewed talk of Zinedine Zidane trying to freeze Bale out of his plans] I think it’s other people worrying. I think Mr Zidane and Mr Bale have a very good relationship now. It’s fine

[When quizzed on whether a return to Spurs is a realistic option] Gareth is very happy over there. And let’s be realistic: for most clubs he is out of their league, financially. It is all well and good to say, ‘give up that money and go and play somewhere else’, but it is not all about money. It is about his lifestyle and his children, who have grown up in Madrid. He’s in a very fortunate position. When his contract is up, hopefully, he will sit down with me and his family and decide what he wants to do

2020 02 08 Retrieve

[Jonathan Barnett says Bale wanted to make Chinese football great] He got an offer that was impossible to refuse. But Real Madrid wouldn’t sell him. They [the Chinese club] couldn’t pay what Madrid wanted. He wanted to create a legacy. He wanted to bring Chinese football up. He had a vision that he could make Chinese football great. He’s won everything that he can win, and he’s done it many times. It was to create a legacy, his name, to be the first great player to go to China. But it wasn’t to be… And the money was special too. It would have made him the highest paid player on Earth. He’s not interested in going anywhere. China was a completely different thing. He plays for Real Madrid, you know

No. He’s 30 years old, he’ll be 31 next year. I don’t know how long Gareth will play for. It’s what his lifestyle wants. He loves Madrid. His children have been there since they were babies, they speak Spanish, believe it or not. The whole lifestyle is fantastic. I was there two days ago in Madrid, it was 15 degrees, beautiful. Here it’s freezing cold. If you’re one of the greatest footballers to have ever played, why do you want to…

Every club wanted him. He was happy at Madrid. He was not for sale then, he was one of the best players in the world. He’s not for sale now. Real Madrid have always shown great respect for him, the president has always been a Bale fan and shows him unbelievable respect

2020 02 22 Retrieve

[Jonathan Barnett reveals China move for Bale was 90 per cent done] He got an offer that was impossible to refuse. But Real Madrid wouldn’t sell him. They [the Chinese club] couldn’t pay what Madrid wanted. He wanted to create a legacy. He wanted to bring Chinese football up. He had a vision that he could make Chinese football great. He’s won everything that he can win, and he’s done it many times.

It was to create a legacy, his name, to be the first great player to go to China. But it wasn’t to be… And the money was special too. It would have made him the highest paid player on Earth. He’s not interested in going anywhere. China was a completely different thing. He plays for Real Madrid, you know

2020 03 22 Retrieve

[During his spell at White Hart Lane, Bale scored 42 goals in 146 appearances, but an emotional return appears as unlikely as ever. His agent Jonathan Barnett ruled out a return during the January transfer window] I don’t think so, no. He’s in a very fortunate position. When his contract is up hopefully, he will sit down with me and his family and decide what he wants to do. Gareth is very happy over there. And let’s be realistic, for most clubs he is out of their league, financially. It is all well and good to say, ‘Go and give up that money and go and play somewhere else’, but it is not all about money. It is about his lifestyle and his children, who have grown up in Madrid

2020 06 04 Retrieve

[Jonathan Barnett says Gareth Bale is not interested in a return to the Premier League] I have no idea what his value is. His salary is quite high and also where he wants to go is very important in his life. I can’t put a figure on it. It’s for the clubs to decide what they want to pay for him. As I’ve always said, he’s quite happy at Madrid. He has a very nice lifestyle, I don’t see why he wouldn’t see his career out in Madrid probably. It’s his life that he wants to lead. Financially he will want enough for the rest of his life and all his children and grandchildren. He’s won nearly everything in the world except the World Cup. To come back and play [in the Premier League] would be a big thing but I don’t think he wants to do that at the moment as he’s quite happy to play at Real Madrid

2020 06 04b Retrieve

[Jonathan Barnett says Player wages should not fall after coronavirus pandemic] I don’t see players’ wages dropping, that is for sure. Most players are on contracts. What I do see is maybe clubs have to look at how they run their club a bit better. Fans come to see players play, no one comes to see the chief executive play, that [players] is what puts money on the table. It’s not a question of players earning less because it is a short period of time to earn their money

[Barnett was asked if the days of huge transfer fees are over] I think in the short term [there will be a drop], but not in the long term. They [the huge transfers] will come back. Market values will come back.

[On the approach clubs should take] You have just got to look at it sensibly and say, ‘This year I can’t afford to pay so I won’t do it this year’. Act sensibly and pay what they can afford to pay. If they can’t [afford to buy], they don’t. Nobody is going to be forcing them. They can offer for a player whatever money they can afford. If it is right for the player, it’s fine. If not, then he stays where he is or goes somewhere else. After the next television deal they [clubs] will hopefully be in a better position, or once the fans start coming back they might be in a better position again to do it. Then their sponsorships go up and all these things come back.

2020 06 06 Retrieve

[Man Utd-linked Saul Niguez interesting ‘a lot of clubs’ as agent speaks out amid transfer rumours] Somebody like Saul doesn’t need anybody to push him. He’s so good and everybody knows that and they know a lot of clubs want him. But he’s already at a very big club. He has a very good relationship with Atletico Madrid and Atletico fans. Every good player is linked with another club. Some agents may want to do that and if they need the press to do something, then they are not very good at their job. It’s journalists trying to write things. It may be true or may not be true, but it’s something we as an agency at Stellar don’t really get involved in.

[Barnett on Grealish] I think Jack Grealish has a wonderful future. I think he’s the most fantastic player. He has a great future. It’s all ahead of him. He’s got everything to become a really big star

2020 06 06b Retrieve

[Jonathan Barnett has slammed the joke speculation which continues to surround his Gareth Bale] Nothing bad has ever come out of Real Madrid about Gareth Bale, and Zidane has never said anything bad about Gareth Bale – but the press keep on making things up. So-called ‘experts’ come on television time and time again and say things like ‘the biggest problem with Gareth Bale is that he doesn’t speak Spanish, and it’s a disgrace’. Those people have never met him, and never asked anybody, so I have no idea where they get this opinion. Gareth Bale speaks Spanish, so I don’t want to hear these so-called ‘experts’ who make complete idiots of themselves when they come on TV to speak rubbish. And I also blame the TV companies for bringing these so-called ‘experts’ on; how can these ‘experts’ on Gareth Bale speak about Gareth Bale when they’ve, A) never met him, and B) wouldn’t even recognise him half the time. It’s a joke!

It’s always been good. I’ve had the most fantastic relationship with the president, the chief executive and Zidane. We’ve obviously said words with each other, but everybody has an argument or so. But it’s never been personal and it’s never been bad, and we are all on good speaking terms

2020 06 08 Retrieve

[They will not be the only ones in the mix, though, if a scramble is sparked for a prized signature, with Saul’s agent Jonathan Barnett admitting as much] Somebody like Saul Niguez doesn’t need anybody to push him. He’s so good and everybody knows that and they know a lot of clubs want him. But he’s already at a very big club. He has a very good relationship with Atletico Madrid and Atletico fans

Every good player is linked with another club. Some agents may want to do that and if they need the press to do something, then they are not very good at their job. It’s journalists trying to write things. It may be true or may not be true, but it’s something we as an agency at Stellar don’t really get involved in

2020 06 23 Retrieve

[Man Utd move no priority for Grealish at present as agent addresses Aston Villa exit talk] Jack is captain of Aston Villa, his first priority at the moment is to make sure they stay in the Premier League. Until that’s sorted out, we don’t have the discussion. He’s got his priorities right, he has a job and that’s what he’s going to do. He’s going to fight for Aston Villa