Zinedine Zidane has released the biggest hint yet that Gareth Bale does not feature in his plans going forward, suggesting to the press after his team’s woeful 2-0 defeat to Real Betis that the Welshman is the past and not the present. Real Madrid’s harrowing season came to a fittingly miserable end on Sunday as they slumped to a shocking 12th La Liga defeat, losing 2-0 at home to Real Betis as many fans left the stadium early and those who stayed booed the players off the pitch.
According to Zidane, he said, “I don’t know if it’s the last game for them or not, I don’t know what’s going to happen. Keylor played well but we’ll see what happens next season,” Asked about whether Bale deserved a chance to play one last game, he said: “I’m sorry he didn’t get to play, but no-one knows what will happen.
“If I think a player doesn’t fit in the team I have to do what I think works best. No-one can change what Bale has done for the team, but as a coach I have to live in the present. “I make these decisions when it is right to do so, and I must act in the best interests of the team at all times.”
When Zidane was reappointed as Madrid boss back in March, he initially started Bale in three of his first four games back at the club, but he did not play a minute in the last three games of the campaign. It’s clear that Zidane wants Bale shipped out this summer. However, Bale has a contract at the club until 2022, and according to Spanish football pundit Guillem Balague, the former Tottenham Hotspur man does not want to leave.