On July 20, 2019, Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane was asked about the Welsh winger Gareth Bale. The player has fallen down the pecking order at the Bernebeu, but nobody could’ve predicted how he’d dropped until Zidane’s response.
“He wasn’t included in the squad because the club is working on his departure and that’s why he didn’t play. We’ll have to see what happens in the coming days. 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. The club is dealing with the club that he’ll move to,” the French coach replied. Ouch.
And with this, Bale’s future at Real Madrid – or lack thereof – appears to have been shattered. But how did one of the world’s most expensive signings end up as makeweight?
Firstly, it’s been coming. Bale has been subjected to the infamous whistles and boos treatment from the fans for well over a season. When the crowds turn on you, it’s hard to return to favour in Spain. They see Bale as holding up the sexy football the rest of the squad is capable of. He’s also very expensive.