Out of favour Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale, was not involved in the Audi cup match that the Spanish side lost to England’s Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday (July 30), after manager Zinedine Zidane said that he was not fit enough to travel.
He did not travel to Germany and stayed in Madrid amidst speculations of his move to China.
But in what was rather surprising, Bale was seen spending the time on a golf course.
Gareth Bale plays golf whilst Madrid lose. 🏌️♂️
Spanish tabloid @elconfidencial snapped this image of of the Welsh attacker who was reportedly "unwell" whilst his Real Madrid side lost to Tottenham in the AUDI Cup.#Bale #RealMadrid #OptusSport pic.twitter.com/JhVCyA90UG
— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) July 31, 2019
As reported in El Confidencial, Bale was pictured playing golf at the Ciudad Grupo Santander course, just as Los Blancos were finishing their match against Spurs in Germany. El Confidencial said the pictures were taken at 8 pm on Tuesday evening.
This could most probably mean that Bale hadn’t watched a single minute of the game.
ZZ on Bale: “He didn’t travel with us because he didn’t feel that well. The doctors said the best thing is for him to stay in Madrid. He’s training individually in Madrid. That was a decision that we made the club, myself and Gareth Bale too.”
— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) July 30, 2019
While it was understood that Bale did not travel to Germany for the match due to his transfer negotiations with Chinese club Jiangsu, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane gave a different reason.
“He didn’t travel because he didn’t feel like it,” the coach had said about Bale.
“He wasn’t fit and speaking with the medical department, it was best for him to stay in Madrid,” he added.
Zidane did not make any comment on Bale’s pictures of playing golf saying he had not seen them. Zidane discussed the matter after his side beat Fenerbahce 5-3 on Wednesday.
“I don’t know anything about that. I haven’t seen the picture. I am here. I am here with my players, so I can’t say much about that,” he said in a press conference.
He also said that Bale was old enough to do whatever he wanted.
“But I’m here with my players, and we will see when we get back to Madrid. I’m not going to tell him off or that he’s not allowed to do it. He’s old enough to do what he wants.
Zidane on Bale golfing question 3 – if it was lack of respect to be on the course when team playing elsewhere: “Another question? You can’t put me in a position I don’t want to be. I won’t answer more than this.”
— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) July 31, 2019
“It’s his private life. It’s not something I judge. I think he trained well. We’ll see what’s going to happen when I get back to Madrid,” Zidane added.
While it is clear that Zinedine Zidane is not a huge admirer of Gareth Bale, the Welshman’s future is still unclear with only 8 days to go for the close of transfer window in England and a month elsewhere.
Hear that. But the relationship is at a stage where, regardless of however professional Bale is, Zidane wants him out. He’s made that clear and very public. So right now Bale is now just marking time until one of them goes.
— Darren Lewis (@MirrorDarren) August 1, 2019