Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has implied that Gareth Bale is the past after leaving him as an unused substitute in their disastrous final day defeat to Real Betis.
Despite being named in the matchday squad, Zidane denied Bale a possible farewell appearance after leaving him benched on Sunday afternoon.
The Welsh winger clearly wasn’t impressed and walked off without acknowledging the supporters at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Admittedly, though, the home crowd were not in a gracious mood and promptly booed the entire squad at the final whistle after suffering a dreadful 2-0 defeat to Betis.
Now the season’s over, however, attention will turn to Zidane’s activities in the summer transfer window where big changes are expected to be made.
Among the 13 players expected to be shown the door is Bale and goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who started and made some key saves during the first-half against Betis.
And Zidane has now indicated that he won’t be afraid to give some of his old stars the drop in favour of some fresh talent.
“He [Bale] has won a lot here but we live for the present and the future. We will not forget the past but we have to live for the day today,” said Zidane, according to Goal.
“I have counted on other players in more in recent weeks, and if I had a fourth substitute today I would not have brought him on.
“I make these decisions when it is right to do so, and I must act in the best interests of the team at all times.
“I don’t know what will happen, I am repeating myself, sorry, but I don’t know. Keylor played well today, the fans were happy, that’s all. Next year, we will see when we come back here.”
Bale ends what could possibly have been his final season at Real with 14 goals and six assists in 42 appearances.