Bale close to leaving Real Madrid, says Zidane

Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid’s Manager said that the club were working on offloading the Welsh International and this could make Forward Gareth Bale’s tenure with the team could come to an end in a matter of days.

Since joining Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, Bale, 30 has won four Champions League titles. It was then a world record 100 million euros (£89.77 million), however he struggled to hold down his place in the starting side last season.

In the midst of suggestions that competition will only increase next season after the arrival of Belgian Eden Hazard, Bale was left out of Saturday’s 3-1 defeat by Bayern Munich in a pre-season clash in Houston.

“He wasn’t included in the squad because the club is working on his departure… that’s why he didn’t play,” Zidane said.

This comment from Zidane drew a hurtful reply from Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, who labelled the Frenchman “a disgrace”.

Zidane’s comments drew a stinging reply from Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett, who labelled the Frenchman “a disgrace.”

“Zidane is a disgrace to speak like that about someone who has done so much for Real,” Barnett was quoted saying in an interview.

“If and when Gareth goes it will be because it is in the best interest of Gareth and nothing to do with Zidane pushing.” On the last season, Spanish media criticized Bale after failing to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus as Madrid came third in La Liga last season, 19 points behind champions Barcelona.

However, Zidane said that there was nothing personal in his decision to consider Bale surplus to requirements. Due to Bale’s high wages (reported by British media to be 6600,000 pounds ($749,880) per week), few clubs might be capable of signing him permanently.

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