Gareth Bale ’ s tenure with Real Madrid could come to an end in a matter of days after manager Zinedine Zidane said the club were working on offloading the Welsh international .
Bale , 30 , has won four Champions League titles since joining Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a then world record £ 89 . 77 m but struggled to hold down his place in the starting side last season.
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Amid suggestions that competition will only increase next season after the arrival of Belgian Eden Hazard , Bale was left out of Saturday’ s 3 – 1 defeat by Bayern Munich in a pre – season clash in Houston .
“ He wasn ’ t included in the squad because the club is working on his departure . That ’ s why he didn ’ t play, ” Zidane told a news conference .
“ We ’ ll have to see if it goes through tomorrow , if it does then all the better . Let ’ s hope , for everyone ’ s sake , that it happens soon . ”
Zidane ’ s comments drew a stinging reply from Bale ’ s agent Jonathan Barnett , who labelled the Frenchman “ a disgrace . ”
“ Zidane is a disgrace to speak like that about someone who has done so much for Real , ” Barnett was quoted as saying .
“ If and when Gareth goes it will be because it is in the best interest of Gareth and nothing to do with Zidane pushing . ”
Bale was criticised by the Spanish media last season after failing to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo ’ s departure to Juventus .
Madrid came third in La Liga last season , 19 points behind champions Barcelona .
Zidane , however , said there was nothing personal in his decision to deem Bale surplus to requirements .
“ There comes a time when things are done because they need to be done . I ’ ve not got anything against him , ” Zidane added .