Less than 24 hours after Zidane announced he didn’t want to travel for Real Madrid’s crucial game, Bale was seen enjoying another round of golf.
Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid future has been one of constant uncertainty ever since Zinedine Zidane returned in March 2019.
The Frenchman clearly no longer rates Bale, having restricted him to a bit-part role this season. In fact, the winger made just 20 appearances in all competitions.
Then Zidane dropped a bombshell on reporters in his pre-match conference for Real Madrid’s second leg against Manchester City in the Champions League by claiming Bale asked to be left out of the squad.
He refused to disclose the reasons for this request, but his patience would undoubtedly have been tested by Bale’s latest actions.
Spanish TV show Chiringuito de Jugones caught the winger enjoying a game of golf just hours before tonight’s game.
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— El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) August 7, 2020
No doubt this will leave a fair few Real Madrid fans fuming, who have grown tired of Bale. It doesn’t help that he bags a sweet salary for virtually nothing.
Questions will likely be asked of Zidane again later tonight following this footage, especially after he claimed to still ‘respect’ Bale as a Real Madrid player.
When asked on the 31-year-old’s future on Thursday, Zizou said: “I don’t know.
“Now he is a current player at Real Madrid. That has not changed. He is our player. I respect that and I respect him, like everyone else.
“He preferred not to play. That is the only thing I can tell you.”