Zinedine Zidane willing to freeze out Gareth Bale at Real Madrid as Welshman faces extended exile after collapse of China move
- Gareth Bale was on brink of leaving Real Madrid for Jiangsu Suning in China
- Zinedine Zidane has made no secret of desire to get rid of Welsh winger
- Move collapsed but Frenchman is unshakeable in his stance towards Bale
- There are suspicions Bale could outlast Zidane amid poor pre-season form
Zinedine Zidane is prepared to freeze out Gareth Bale at Real Madrid after the collapse of his move to China.
Zidane is said to be unshakeable in his stance that Bale is not part of his plans and has made clear the Wales forward faces an extended exile from Real’s first-team squad.
The sudden breakdown of Bale’s proposed transfer to Jiangsu Suning has left the 30-year-old in an excruciating position, which is set to continue as long as Zidane is manager.
Gareth Bale is still facing a Real Madrid exile despite the collapse of his move to China
However, Zidane’s own position has come under scrutiny due to the 7-3 friendly defeat by Atletico and star signing Eden Hazard allegedly reporting for pre-season overweight. There are now suspicions Bale could even outlast the Frenchman on a second occasion, with president Florentino Perez concerned over form.
At present all parties agree there is no resolution in sight. Bale was reportedly not in the right mental frame to appear in Real’s friendly against Tottenham in Munich on Tuesday night, excusing himself from the trip after the club’s board blocked his switch to the Far East.
Real dramatically pulled the plug after insisting a significant transfer fee should be paid for a player Zidane publicly said he wanted out. A three-year deal had been agreed between Bale and Jiangsu that would have seen him earn £1million a week and alleviate Real of his £600,000-per-week salary.
The turn of events undermined Zidane, but as long as he is in charge Bale is not expected to feature. He could even be made to train separately from Zidane’s first team.
Zinedine Zidane want Bale gone and is unshakable in his stance towards the Frenchman
The situation could deteriorate to the level that Bale has to play for the reserves
The pair have been at odds since Zidane’s first spell, even after Bale scored arguably the best Champions League final goal in history with an overhead kick against Liverpool.
Bale has won four Champions League titles since joining for a world record £86m fee in 2013 but has been used sparingly since Zidane returned in March. Last week Zidane said his exit would be ‘best for everyone’ in a move seen as a public power play with Real’s board.
Real were without Gareth Bale against Spurs. The Welshman was too distressed to travel after his big-money move to China collapsed but manager Zinedine Zidane claimed he was simply not fit.
‘He didn’t travel with us because he didn’t feel that well,’ he said. ‘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.’
Real slumped to another pre-season defeat by Spurs and there is mounting pressure on Zidane
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