Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has confirmed Gareth Bale is close to leaving the club after he was left out of Los Blancos squad that suffered a 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup on Sunday morning.
Although Bale still has three years remaining on his contract, he has been deemed surplus to requirements by Zidane and will leave the club this summer.
The 30-year-old has struggled to convince Zidane ever since the Frenchman returned to the Bernabeu for his second stint as manager.
Speaking after Madrid’s 3-1 loss in their preseason friendly against Bayern Munich, Zidane revealed he did not include the Welsh international in his squad because he is close to leaving.
However, he insisted he does not hold any grudges against the player but he has to make decisions best for the club and the player.
“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,” he added.
“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.”
Former club Tottenham, Manchester United and Bayern Munich are among the teams said to be interested in the 30-year-old.