There have been speculations over Gareth Bale’s future at Real Madrid, and Zinedine Zidane has broken his silence over the Welshman.
Gareth Bale’s future has been a significant point of discussion among the Real Madrid fans over the last few days.
The Welsh forward has been linked with a move to Manchester United ever since the winter transfer window. His continuous run-in with injuries this season has led to an inconsistent frontline for the Los Blancos, and Bale eventually lost his place in the starting XI under Santiago Solari to Vinicius Jr.
In his substitute appearances, Gareth Bale has done little to reignite the confidence among the Real Madrid fans.
However, after the arrival of Zinedine Zidane, Bale was reinstated in the starting XI. The player also scored the second goal in Zidane’s first game against Celta Vigo.
The French manager has now addressed Gareth Bale’s future at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Gareth Bale to Man Utd?
Last year, Gareth Bale hinted at a move away from Real Madrid minutes after the side lifted its third consecutive Champions League title.
While Cristiano Ronaldo left the side, Gareth Bale stayed, as the club’s hierarchy trusted him with leading the attack.
However, the move didn’t substantiate as Bale’s concern with injuries and inconsistent form impacted Real Madrid’s attack. The side crashed out of the round-of-16 of the Champions League, and is currently 3rd in the La Liga table – a mammoth 13 points behind arch-rivals and league leaders Barcelona.
Zinedine Zidane has now addressed Gareth Bale’s future at the club. However, he failed to confirm if the Welshman would be at the club next season.
“About Gareth’s future, we’ll talk about that at the end of the season,” Zidane said.
“We have to finish the season, then we’ll see.”
However, he hinted that Bale could leave, stating that the side needs to make changes to the squad.
“I can confirm that we will have to make changes next season but now is not the time to talk about it,” the French manager said.
Zidane was more defensive about Raphael Varane in the press conference, going to the extent of stating that he “cannot imagine a future without Varane.”
Real boss Zinedine Zidane has not ruled out the prospect of Gareth Bale leaving Real Madrid.
But the Wales international has told his entourage he has no plans to leave the Bernabeu…
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) April 3, 2019
A lot of people think that Zidane is giving Bale time on the pitch because he wants him to show that he’s good enough to continue on this team. As for me, he’s just letting Bale show his capabilities in order to get as high of a price for him as possible in the summer.
— Ali H (@Ali_H_37) April 3, 2019
MacManaman: “Bale has been a success at Real Madrid, I don’t know how he is with the fans or media but this is his 6th year there & he’s very happy. I know that he wants to stay but I don’t know if he will. I don’t know if Zidane and Florentino have something else on mind.” pic.twitter.com/roQmprh89O
— SB (@Realmadridplace) April 3, 2019
Gareth Bale and Real Madrid return to action later tonight as the side takes on Valencia in La Liga.