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Zidane reasons Bale omission from final Real Madrid game

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Zinedine Zidane has explained the absence of Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, and Eden Hazard, in the match against Leganes.

Real Madrid ended the La Liga season on a sour note as their 10-match winning streak came to an end against Leganes on Sunday.

Despite his side had already clinched the league title, Zinedine Zidane named a quite strong starting XI.

However, there were a few notable absentees on the bench, with Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez left out of the matchday squad.

Bale, who has featured just two times since the return of football, has yet again generated controversy this time with his antics on the bench.

As for James Rodriguez, who has been left out of the team sheet in the past five matches, he previously expressed his desire to be left out of the squad. Eden Hazard, meanwhile, is still struggling to gain full fitness.

“Bale’s absence was a technical decision, nothing more. With James, you already know what’s happened,” Zidane said after the full-time whistle at Butarque, according to Marca.

“I think Eden had little [injury] problems recently because, when he finished playing [against Villarreal], he had problems. He didn’t end well. I hope that, with this break, he recovers completely.”