MADRID. — Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane says the Spanish La Liga football giants are poised to offload Welsh star Gareth Bale in the coming days.
Bale was left off Real Madrid’s roster for Saturday’s 3-1 exhibition loss to Bayern Munich at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
“He wasn’t included in the squad because the club is working on his departure and that’s why he didn’t play,” Zidane said. “We’ll have to see what happens in the coming days.
“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.”
Zidane insists the 30-year-old forward is not a good fit for his squad. While Bale would be welcome at a host of marquee clubs, his big salary may prove to be an obstacle for all but the richest teams.
“It’s nothing personal,” Zidane added. “There comes a time when things are done because they need to be done. I’ve not got anything against him. 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’ time. The situation will change and it’s for the best for everyone.”
Bale, who has three years left on his Real contract, has won the Champions League four times since his £85 million move to Madrid from Tottenham in 2013 — a world record deal at the time.
He has been linked with Premier League sides Manchester United and Spurs, German champions Bayern and also a move to the Chinese Super League. In response to Zidane’s comments, Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett said: “Zidane is a disgrace — he shows no respect for a player that has done so much for Real Madrid.” — AFP.
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