Things haven't been going on Gareth Bale's favor for some time now, and speculation about his possible departure from Real Madrid flooded social media after he wasn't featured in Real Madrid's 3-1 defeat against Bayern Munchen.
When asked about Bale's availability for the remainder of the preseason, Zinedine Zidane acknowledged that both parties are working on his departure and he's not going to be with the team for much longer:
"Bale did not play because he is very close to leaving. 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," Zidane concluded, as reported by the BBC.
Bale played a key role during Zidane's first tenure with Real Madrid and even scored in the UEFA Champions League final vs. Liverpool a couple of seasons ago.
However, the 30-year-old mightily struggled to fill in Cristiano Ronaldo's shoes after the Portuguese superstar left the team to join Italian giants Juventus, and his proneness to get hurt have raised a lot of questions about his durability going forward.
Bale still has 3 years left on his contract and him and Los Blancos are reluctant to lessen their financial expectations, something that has done nothing to help with his situation.
Still, Zizou's words over the Welshman make us think both parties are pretty close to reaching an agreement, with Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, and Bayern Munchen reportedly interested in his services.