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Valdano doesn’t believe Bale will stay with Madrid

VALENCIA, SPAIN - APRIL 03: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid sits on the bench prior to the La Liga match between Valencia CF and Real Madrid CF at Estadio Mestalla on April 03, 2019 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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The Wales international is rumored to be moving out of Real Madrid in the summer, as the team doesn’t seem to find a place for him.

Gareth Bale might be moving out of Real Madrid soon, as he’s not a priority to coach Zinedine Zidane, claims former Argentinean footballer Jorge Valdano.

“Something interesting happened on Sunday: his first touch was whistled, but then, when he was through one on one, he dinked the ball just over the bar and was widely applauded,” Valdano explained to Goal.

“People still expect promise that has never been fulfilled. To his credit, he has fulfilled this promise at critical times, with trophies on the line, but, judging his performances regularly, he has produced less than expected.”

“At any rate, Bale would be starting if Madrid wanted to cash in. Zidane has other priorities. He’s looking at players for next season,” he added.

“He’s really embraced being the main figure and in areas we never expected.”

He continued: “A year or so ago, we would never have thought it when he was more of a 10 than a nine. Now he’s playing as a nine and a ten and with confidence.”

“At the moment, there is no bigger player at the club and people recognize that.”

“Real Madrid will make a mistake if they don’t sign another striker,” Valdano said.

“They have to sign a player with different qualities, which is not easy; they can’t just sign another player to displace Benzema; it’s not worth spending 200 million in that position.”

“Money has to be spent in other positions, in goalscoring midfielders. The starting striker position is covered at the moment,” he concluded.