Zinedine Zidane ‘won’t punish Gareth Bale’ for posing with ‘Wales, golf, Madrid’ flag when he returns to Real – and boss plans to ‘shake his hand’ too
- Gareth Bale posed with a flag saying ‘Wales, golf, Madrid… in that order’
- Wales fans had chanted a song with those words and Bale said it was a bit of fun
- It suggested that his club are low down on Bale’s list of priorities
- Zinedine Zidane will not take exception to that and will not punish Bale for it
The forward posed with a flag with the words ‘Wales, golf, Madrid… in that order’ on it after securing Euro 2020 qualification on Tuesday night after fans sang a song with those lyrics suggesting his priorities.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s match, Bale said the chant was just a bit of fun from the fans.
Zinedine Zidane is not planning to punish Gareth Bale over his actions while on Wales duty – he posed with a banner saying ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order’, and laughed at the joke
There has been suggestions that Zidane might want to respond to Bale’s actions after he returns to Madrid on Thursday.
But, according to Spanish outlet Marca, there are no plans to treat the 30-year-old differently to any other player.
Zidane has long had an issue with Bale yet has decided not to respond to his latest antics.
The French manager is planning to greet him, shake his hand and congratulate him for earning qualification before he trains as normal.
Zidane has long had an issue with Bale yet has decided not to respond to his latest antics
Once Real decided they would not sell the Welsh winger in the summer, Zidane decided not to continue the conflict that had emerged since his return to the job in March.
He also wants the squad to be united and is not intending to create any internal problems by responding to Bale.
The banner also ranks low on Bale’s list of infractions, in Zidane’s eyes, especially compared to playing golf while his team-mates faced Spurs in pre-season or not travelling with the rest of the squad.