Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane refused to respond to allegations made by Gareth Bale’s agent that he wants him out.
Barnett’s comments came in light of Bale’s limited opportunities at Real right now, with Zidane only selecting him as a starter in four of his nine matches back since returning in March.
The latest blow came when Bale was omitted from the squad altogether during last weekend’s 3-2 La Liga win against Villarreal.
While Zidane wouldn’t respond to Barnett’s remarks over Bale’s future, however, he did indicate talks have begun.
“No, I don’t want to answer. I’m the coach of Real Madrid and [Barnett] does his job,” said Zidane, according to AOL.
“I have to think about the game, playing well, that’s what worries me. I won’t tell you anything about [the conversation]. Private conversations are private.
“It’s what I have to do with all of the players, but it stays internal. With the players, I talk about other things, not just their futures.”
For his second spell in charge of Los Blancos, Zidane is expected to go on a massive summer spending spree to give his team a massive overhaul.
Reports in the Spanish press have suggested that the Frenchman could end up spending €540m on six players in the upcoming transfer window.
One of the players allegedly on his shortlist is Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
“It’s not just me that likes him, everyone likes good players,” said Zidane.
“He’s a Manchester United player and I won’t talk to you about opposition players.”
Zidane will take his Real Madrid team over to Anoeta on Sunday evening for their penultimate La Liga game of the season against Real Sociedad. Kick-off will take place at 18:30 (CET).