LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane said the La Liga giants are poised to offload Welsh star Gareth Bale in the coming days.
Bale was left off Real Madrid’s roster for early yesterday’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 insisted 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’s agent has branded Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane a “disgrace”.
“Zidane is a disgrace, he shows no respect for a player that has done so much for Real Madrid,” Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett told AFP.
Asked whether Bale is close to leaving Madrid, Barnett added, “We are working on it.”
Bale joined Real Madrid six seasons ago, in a blockbuster transfer fee. He has three seasons left on his deal and has been linked to Tottenham, Manchester United and Bayern.