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Bale exit talk heightens as relationship with manager erodes
- Updated: April 5, 2018
Real Madrid FC and Wales forward Gareth Bale is set to leave the club this summer as his relationship with Real Madrid head coach has deteriorated, according to Manu Sanz of AS (h/t Football Espana)
The Welshman seems to have taken a drastic fall down the pecking order at the club, and this may have been confirmed as he didn’t play a single minute of Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League 3 nil win over Juventus at Turin in the first leg of their quarter-final fixture.
This was the first time in 2017-18 that Bale failed to feature in the UCL in a Real Madrid fixture when fully fit. This piece of Real Madrid news will definitely not go down well with his fans back home in Wales.
According to Football Espana, there is no way back for the 28-year-old as his bond with Zidane has eroded. Bale has played as a starter in half of Real Madrid’s 30 La Liga fixtures, whilst appearing in just four Champions League games for the club.
Isco and Benzema played as partners with Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday, with the likes of Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez coming off the bench. However, there was no place for the Welshman, as he was relegated to the sixth choice for a forward role.
Sainz disclosed that Bale was expected to leave the Los Blancos last summer to trigger the arrival of French youngster Kylian Mbappe, although the latter moved to PSG. He added that Real Madrid FC will still be looking to cash in on the Welshman in the summer.
Another piece of Real Madrid news that hit the headlines recently was that Zidane may be allowed another season at the club, despite initial reports that he was set to part ways with the club at the end of the season, all thanks to Madrid’s ruthless form in the UEFA Champions League.
Meanwhile, Gareth Bale will definitely not be short of suitors, as Manchester United are at the forefront of the race for his signature according to reports. Reports were rife in March that he had been convinced to make the move to Old Trafford.