Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane denied there are any issues with Gareth Bale, but added “anything could happen” on the player’s future.
It’s been crystal clear since March that Zidane no longer rates Bale and would like to offload him in the summer transfer window.
Following the Frenchman’s return to the Real dugout, Bale quickly found himself being a bench warmer once again at the Santiago Bernabeu and he’s since been linked with a Premier League return to either old club Tottenham or Manchester United.
As a former world-record signing and four-time Champions League winner, interest ought to be high. However, an annual salary of €15m until 2022 is something that Bale is reluctant to give up on.
And it appears to be a big turn off for interested clubs, who cannot afford such a salary.
Speaking ahead to Real’s International Champions Cup (ICC) clash with Bayern Munich on Sunday, however, Zidane insisted he’s got no problems with Bale.
“He’s not a problem, I’m not going to say that a player is a problem,” said Zidane, according to Marca.
“Anything could happen. He has a contract, we’ll see. Nothing at all has changed with respect to Bale between June and now.”
Another player Los Blancos are attempting to offload this summer is James Rodriguez, who will return to Madrid now that he’s two-year loan spell at Bayern has ended.
But the Colombian playmaker’s return to Spain could be a short visit as he edges closer to a move to Serie A giants Napoli.
“He is a Real Madrid player right now and we’ll see what happens,” said Zidane on James.
“He is on holiday at the moment and I can’t say more.”
When asked about his interest in Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, on the other hand, Zidane replied: “The club know what we want and there is time ahead.
“Right now we are focussed on these matches.
“We’ll see what happens.”