Gareth Bale is to make a decision on his Real Madrid future at the end of the season, following Zinedine Zidane’s return as manager.
Zidane, who led Real to three consecutive Champions League titles before stepping last summer, replaced the sacked Santiago Solari earlier this week when he signed a contract at the Bernabeu until June 2022.
Bale scored a spectacular double after coming on as a substitute in Real’s 3-1 Champions League final victory over Liverpool but it was clear after the game, he was unhappy with his reduced role.
According to Bale, he said: “Obviously I was very disappointed not to start the game, I felt I deserved it but the manager makes the decisions. I need to be playing week in, week out and that has not happened this season.”
Zidane’s departure, coupled with Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Real Madrid, looked as though it may open the door for Bale to become the focal point of Real’s attack.
However, that has not materialized during a miserable season for Real that has seen them hire three new managers and Bale has instead become a focal point for criticism from both the fans and the media.
He says Bale would like to remain with Real but will have to see how he fits into Zidane’s plans going forward.
“If that doesn’t work out, then we’ll talk again, at the moment he’s very happy, he’ll talk with Mr Zidane and take it from there, we’ll see at the end of the season.
Bale wanted to play one way and Zidane wanted him to play another way and that was the cause of it, over the period of time it just got worse.
If you let Gareth play the way he wants to play and give him a run of games in a row, he can be right up there with anyone because he got a great talent.