Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane and Gareth Bale have increasingly broken relations. The Welshman was left out of the starting line-up to face Eibar in La Liga on Sunday (6/14/2020). When entered in the second half, Bale did not do much in the match.
All the new energy and motivation that impressed Bale with his team-mates in training over the past few weeks have melted when he knew he was on the bench.
Marca reported, when called to warm up at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Bale looked indifferent, as if the match had nothing to do with him.
During a cooling break midway through the second half, he was given a very strong message by Zidane.
The relationship between players and coaches is never close – they don’t speak the same language. This was shown since the 2017/2018 season, which peaked when Bale sat on the bench in the Champions League final in Kyiv.
The Welsh striker did not celebrate with his boss after he made an impact in the second half and Zidane left soon after.
The animosity between the two figures was renewed when Zidane returned nine months later, and it caused a commotion during the summer transfer window.
Mutual comments between the two camps finally stuck at Real Madrid for another season. Bale almost left the club to move to Jiangsu Suning last summer but was denied when the Madrid chief made a last-minute mistake.
The club still sees Bale as a player who can play an – important role in winning more trophies, but they also know that his relationship with Zidane cannot be saved.
Even so, it seems Bale does not want to move from Los Blancos. He is happy in Madrid and Jonathan Barnett, his agent, has confirmed that he does not plan to move to another place soon. Bale has two years left on his contract at Madrid.
Recently Barnett told BBC Radio 4: ‘I don’t know how much it is worth. His salary is quite high and also where he wants to go is very important in his life. I can’t put numbers on it.’
‘As I always say, he is quite happy in Madrid. He has a very good lifestyle, I do not understand why he did not see his career in Madrid.’
‘To come back and play (in England) would be a big thing but I don’t think he wants to do that now because he is quite happy to play at Real Madrid,’ Barnett was quoted as saying by The Sun.