Last Updated: 21/07/19 7:33am
Gareth Bale looks like he could be leaving Real Madrid
Gareth Bale is very close to leaving Real Madrid, according to Zinedine Zidane.
The Welshman did not feature in Real Madrid’s 3-1 International Champions Cup defeat to Bayern Munich in Houston on Saturday night.
Before the game with Bayern Munich, Zidane said Bale remains a Real player and that he still has full respect for the Wales international winger
Real boss Zidane said Bale’s omission from the matchday squad was because he is on the verge of sealing a departure away from the club.
“Bale did not play because he is very close to leaving,” Zidane told reporters.
Bale became the most expensive player in the world when he left Tottenham to join Real
“We hope he leaves soon, it would be best for everyone. We are working on his transfer to a new team.
“I have nothing personal against him, but there is a time where things are done because they must be done, I have to make decisions, we have to change,” Zidane added.
Bale has won four Champions League titles since joining Real Madrid in 2013
“The exit is the coach’s decision, and also of the player, who knows the situation.
“The situation will change, I do not know if in 24 or 48 hours, but it will, and it’s a good thing for everyone.”
Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett told Sky Sports News on June 18 that the Real forward would not leave the Bernabeu on loan this summer
In the build-up to Saturday night’s clash with Real, Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantra said like any top player, Bale would be welcomed at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern are desperate to add attacking flair to their first XI following the departures of creative duo Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben at the end of last season and have tried to sign Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi and Manchester City’s Leroy Sane.
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