Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane revealed that the club are planning to offload star-man Gareth Bale as he is surplus to their requirements. Zidane was asked about the Welshman’s situation after he was an unused substitute in Los Blancos’ 3-1 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in a preseason friendly in China. The French manager outrightly claimed that Gareth Bale is no longer in his plans.

“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. The club is dealing with the club that he’ll move to,” he said. “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 comes a time where things are done because they must be done. I have to make decisions. We have to change,” he added.

Gareth Bale, who was once Real Madrid’s stand-out performer, as he helped his team to four Champions League titles, four FIFA Club World Cups and one La Liga title among others, has not been a regular starter in recent seasons. Zidane has deployed the 30-year old winger on the bench on several occasions, and with the addition of Eden Hazard this summer, it looks like Bale’s time at the Santiago Bernabeu is surely up.

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale

The former Tottenham Hotspur man who previously refused to leave Real Madrid this summer will surely reconsider following Zidane’s comments. Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett, however, lashed out at the Real Madrid manager, calling him a “disgrace”.

“Zidane is a disgrace, he shows no respect for a player that has done so much for Real Madrid. We’re working on a few things. Gareth is a Real Madrid player but if he does leave it will be his own decision, not Mr. Zidane’s,” he said.

Manchester United are closely monitoring Bale’s situation as the English giants are favourites to land the 60m-rated winger. Zidane recently called out United’s star-midfielder Paul Pogba to join Real Madrid and an agreement on that front could surely see Gareth Bale return to the Premier League. Former club Tottenham Hotspur are also keen on bringing Bale back on loan.

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale