Gareth Bale close to leaving Real Madrid, says Zinedine Zidane

first_img Next Gareth Bale close to leaving Real Madrid, says Zinedine ZidaneThe arrival of Belgium star Eden Hazard has put Gareth Bale’s future at Real Madrid in doubt. Bale was left out of Saturday’s 3-1 defeat by Bayern Munich in a pre-season match in Houston. advertisement Reuters July 21, 2019UPDATED: July 21, 2019 18:37 IST Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale’s future in doubt (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGareth Bale, 30, struggled to hold his place in the side last seasonThe arrival of Eden Hazard has put pressure on the Welsh forwardHe wasn’t included in the squad because the club is working on his departure: ZidaneForward Gareth Bale’s tenure with Real Madrid could come to an end in a matter of days after manager Zinedine Zidane said the club were working on offloading the Welsh international.Bale, 30, has won four Champions League titles since joining Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a then world record 100 million euros ($112.20 million) but struggled to hold down his place in the starting side last season.Amid 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 told a news conference.”We’ll have to see if it goes through tomorrow, if it does then all the better. Let’s hope, for everyone’s sake, that it happens soon.”Bale was criticised by the Spanish media last season 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.Zidane, however, said there was nothing personal in his decision to deem Bale surplus to requirements.”There comes a time when things are done because they need to be done. I’ve not got anything against him,” Zidane added.”We have to make decisions and change things, that’s all there is to it. I don’t know if this will happen in 24 or 48 hours… it’s for the best for everyone.”advertisementBale’s high wages — reported by British media to be 600,000 pounds ($749,880) per week — mean few clubs would be capable of signing him permanently.His agent Jonathan Barnett last month ruled out chances of him leaving on loan saying he was happy to stay amid reports linking him with Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Spurs.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Zinedine ZidaneFollow Gareth Balelast_img

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