Gareth Bale’s agent admits “it’s a shame” that Zinedine Zidane has dropped the Wales star for Real Madrid’s trip to Real Sociedad.
For the second time in a row, Zidane has left out a struggling Bale from his matchday squad heading into Real’s penultimate game of the season.
The Frenchman has only started Bale four times in his nine matches back in charge of Real, which has led to renewed fears over the 29-year-old’s future in Spain.
Agent Jonathan Barnett has previously stated that Bale wishes to continue at Los Blancos next season, but added that he’s “not sure that Mr Zidane wants him to stay”.
The 69-year-old also suggested a Premier League return could be a possibility should English clubs be willing to break the bank.
“It’s a shame Bale is not playing,” Barnett told Goal.
“Should he be playing more after being left out of the last two squad lists? I can only hope that he keeps playing for Real Madrid. But that’s up to Mr. Zidane.
“Zidane makes the decision. Is this [Bale being dropped] a message ahead of the next transfer market? You’d have to ask the coach.”
Karim Benzema to return for Real Madrid
On the bright side, however, Karim Benzema will make his comeback at Anoeta this weekend after finishing training on Friday.
The French striker had been sidelined with a hamstring problem for Real’s last two matches. His return will provide Zidane with a welcome boost in firepower as looks to end the season on a high.
Meanwhile, Benzema is hoping to either match or beat his best scoring record of 32 goals during the 2011/12 campaign for Los Blancos. At the moment, he is just two goals adrift ahead of the club’s final two games.
“Benzema will be with us tomorrow,” said Zidane on Saturday afternoon.
“He’s trained with us this week and that means that he’s ready. It’s perfectly normal for him to be thinking about his record and he wants to help the team by scoring goals. We’ll have to see what happens tomorrow.”
Although, Zidane will still be without Sergio Ramos and full-back Alvaro Odriozola at Sociedad this afternoon. Kick-off will begin at 18:30 (CET).
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