Gareth Bale’s agent is furious with Zinedine Zidane comments over his client’s Real Madrid future and branded the Frenchman “a disgrace”.
Bale’s future at the Santiago Bernabeu received an unexpected twist when Zidane announced he is “very close to leaving” following Real’s 3-1 International Champions Cup (ICC) defeat to Bayern Munich on Saturday.
The Welsh winger was omitted from the matchday squad despite travelling with the team for their United States pre-season tour.
While Zidane didn’t name the team about to sign Bale, the 47-year-old did say that “we hope he [Bale] leaves soon”.
And now the winger’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, has reacted furiously to Zidane’s comments.
“Zidane is a disgrace to speak like that about someone who has done so much for Real,” Barnett told ESPN.
“If and when Gareth goes it will be because it is in the best interest of Gareth and nothing to do with Zidane pushing.”
It’s been no secret, of course, that Zidane has wanted to offload Bale all summer to help ease the bank balance following the club’s summer spending spree.
Real have already spent a record €303m on signing five new players in Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo Goes.
And it appears they still hope to sign at least one more player, with Zidane pushing hard for Real to bring in Paul Pogba from Manchester United.
As for the identity of Bale’s alleged new club, Manchester United and his old club Tottenham have been regularly mentioned as his most likely destinations.
Recent reports, though, have suggested Bayern could be a surprise contender for the former world-record signing.
But it remains unclear if any of the three clubs will be willing to match Bale’s lucrative salary of €15m per season at Real.