ZINEDINE ZIDANE revealed Gareth Bale is “very close to leaving Real Madrid” – and could be pushed out within 24 hours.
The Welshman, 30, has been heavily linked with a move away from the Bernabeu club and now there appears to be no future for him under the current manager.
After leaving the winger out of their pre-season defeat to Bayern Munich, the Frenchman did not hold back.
He blasted: “We hope he leaves soon. It would be best for everyone. We are working on his transfer to a new team.
“I have nothing personal against him, but there comes a time where things are done because they must be done.
“I have to make decisions. We have to change.
“The exit is the coach’s decision, and also of the player, who knows the situation.
“The situation will change, I do not know if in 24 or 48 hours, but it will – and it’s a good thing for everyone.”
Bale joined Real Madrid in 2013 for a world-record £86million and has won four Champions Leagues with the Spanish giants.
But after struggling to win over Zidane in the Frenchman’s first spell in charge, the former Tottenham star felt the full wrath of the Madridistas last season as he could not find any kind of form.
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Zidane’s return to the club following Santiago Solari’s sacking spelled bad news and he is clearly not wanted by Zidane.
But finding a club to take Bale off their hands could prove difficult for Real.
He still has three years on his deal and few clubs are going to be able to afford his astronomical wages, thought to be around £600,000 per week.
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