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Zidane explains why Bale was left out of Real Madrid squad

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Gareth Bale “didn’t want to play” in the Champions League last-16 second-leg tie against Man City, says Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.

It’s almost becoming a norm for Zidane to answer questions on Gareth Bale in just about every press conference.

The Welshman’s future at the Bernabeu is hanging by a thread and many believe he’s definitely leaving this summer.

Much of those thoughts came alive even stronger when Bale was left out of Real Madrid’s squad to face Manchester City tomorrow.

In a clash Zidane described as a ‘final’, many were left wondering why the Los Blancos boss left the winger behind.

As expected, reports already claimed it could well be the last of Bale with his days numbered at the club.

But Zidane has simply explained why he made the decision and says it was the player’s choice and nothing more.

“We have a relationship of respect between player and coach, it’s a personal conversation.” Zidane said as quoted by the club’s website.

 “He preferred not to play and the rest is between he and I. He hasn’t disappointed me. I’ve already explained what happened and I have respect for him, as I do all the players. Things that happen between a player and a coach stay in the dressing room”.

“Bale is a Real Madrid player and I respect that. He preferred not to play and that’s all I can say. We’re here getting ready for tomorrow’s game”.