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Bale doesn’t seem to care at Real Madrid, says Valdano

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Gareth Bale doesn’t seem to care that Zinedine Zidane has frozen him out of his plans for Real Madrid, claims Jorge Valdano.

Bale has slipped down the Real Madrid pecking order once again, starting just four times in LaLiga this season.

Not helping matters is the 30-year-old’s relationship with Zidane, which has come under the spotlight again. The Madrid boss no longer rates him and stated last summer ‘it would be best for everyone’ if he left.

But while Bale ultimately stayed put in the Spanish capital, things have arguably gotten worse. In fact, Zidane has only played him for 29 minutes since the season resumed in Spain.

The Frenchman defended his decision on Bale, insisting his relationship with the winger is normal. But Valdano suggests otherwise.

The Argentine, who led Real Madrid to LaLiga glory as a player and manager, thinks Bale’s apparent lack of commitment has led Zidane to leave him out of his plans for the rest of this season.

Valdano told Onda Cero: “Zidane needs all of his players involved for these games.

“But that seems to be without Bale, who he has already ruled out.

“Bale does not seem to care too much either, and coaches know when a player wants to play.”

Perhaps Bale, who was on the bench for Sunday’s 2-1 win over Real Sociedad, will get a chance to prove Valdano wrong when Real Madrid host Mallorca at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium on Wednesday.