Zinedine Zidane insists his relationship with Gareth Bale is still ‘very normal’, despite reports of the pair falling out AGAIN after Welshman was on the bench for Real Madrid’s win over Eibar
- Zinedine Zidane has tried to downplay reports of a falling out with Gareth Bale
- Their relationship was said to be ‘broken’ after Bale was left out against Eibar
- Bale was expected to start last weekend but instead was left on the bench
- Zidane has not hidden the fact that he wants the club to sell Bale this summer
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Spanish newspaper Marca published a dramatic front page on Tuesday suggesting Bale’s relationship with Zidane was unsalvageable after the Welshman was left out of the team against Eibar.
Brazilian youngster Rodrygo Goes was picked in his place on Sunday, despite speculation in the week that Bale would be given the chance to impress in Real’s first match back since the coronavirus pandemic halted the season.
Zinedine Zidane (R) has claimed his relationship with Gareth Bale is still ‘very normal’
Bale started the Eibar game on the bench after reports he was set to play
But, speaking ahead of Real’s game against Valencia on Thursday night, Zidane said their relationship is ‘very normal’ still.
The Frenchman said: ‘It is as it always is – it is very normal.
‘He is happy to play again. He has had some discomfort in his back, maybe it is not 100 per cent.
‘We are training well and thinking about tomorrow’s game. We are all focused on that.’
Zidane has not hidden the fact that he no longer wants Bale at the club and even requested the sale of the former Tottenham star and James Rodriguez when he came back last summer.
Marca’s front page on Tuesday suggested that Bale had fallen out with his manager yet again
Bale stretches to make a block after coming off the bench in Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory
A move to China fell through during last summer’s transfer window and Bale has been used sparingly by Zidane, starting only 11 games this season.
Bale missed training on Monday with muscular pain after playing just 30 minutes in the 3-1 win over Eibar.
As Sportsmail reported earlier this week, Zidane remains committed to selling Bale in the summer, signing Kylian Mbappe in 2021 and developing Rodrygo and Vinicius.
Bale has two years left on his contract though and has made it clear he has no intention of leaving the club.
He made his 250th appearance for them on Sunday in the first LaLiga game back, replacing Eden Hazard an hour into the contest at Alfredo di Stefano Stadium.