A retired Spurs player cannot comprehend why the Welsh guy would not practice football frequently because he is in the best physical shape. “He is too gifted to sit on the bench,” claims Dimitar Berbatov. “Something is not right” about the Real Madrid outcast at the Bernabeu. Since returning from lock-down, Bale hasn’t seen a single minute of action because he was an unused substitute in eight of Real Madrid’s last 10 League matches. The 31-year-old was also unexpectedly absent in a second leg quarter-final game last week against Manchester City from Zidane’s 22-man side, where the Blancos fell 2:1 at the Etihad Stadium.
Zidane and Bale Saga
In front of that confrontation, the Frenchman explained that Bale was still in “a relationship of respect” with the experienced winger. In light of the statement made by Zidane, rumors continued of discord in the dressing room, and during the summer transfer window, Madrid was tipped to offload the Wales International.
Berbatov said he was perplexed by Bale, who has been given four crowns in the Champions League and two trophies in La Liga since transferring from Tottenham to Santiago Bernabeu in 2013. In the height of his success, the Bulgarian who has loved a spell in Tottenham wishes to see the Welshman as early as possible, with his tremendous abilities would go waste as he sits on the bench. “When I heard that Gareth Bale didn’t want to play, I was surprised and even more surprised that Zidane revealed it to the media,” Berbatov told Betfair. “Something is not right over there with him. If he’s fit, it is awful that he doesn’t play. When a player refuses to do that, it confuses me a lot. “Gareth, I want to see you play football! He is too gifted to sit on the bench.”
But after Madrid’s Champions League departure, the former Spurs hero went on to protect Zidane, saying the 4-2 loss to Manchester City during the last-16 tie as nothing but a “blip.”
“People are so fickle. Zidane has won the Champions League three times in a row, and Real had never been eliminated under him until their defeat to Manchester City. Now all of a sudden, one blip and people are going crazy. People will build you up to crash you back down again, and it’s very wrong. It’s not the end of the world that they got knocked out of the Champions League in this crazy year. Manchester City is a solid team. If you make mistakes, you will get punished against them, that’s life.” He said.
Bale Didn’t Want to Play
In the last-16 run, Friday night, the Welshman, who is 31, was not part of the Los Blancos 24-man squad. Notwithstanding eight forwards called by Zidane and even Ramos, who was suspended for the Etihad return leg. Zidane was asked a variety of questions regarding Bale’s absence at his Thursday press conference in advance of the clash. “We have a respectful coach-player relationship. The only thing I can say is that he preferred not to play. I answered before explaining the situation, and I don’t want to add anything else, he added. “The rest is a private conversation between Player and coach. There is nothing else to add.” Nevertheless, he did not comment on more issues. However, sources near Bale have since questioned the revelation of Zidane. Several sources, including the AFP and the Normal, reported that Bale decided not to leave Madrid after realizing that he wouldn’t play in the match in Manchester. Bale barely appeared to the side of Zidane during Madrid’s drive into the Spanish Title after the stop of the COVID-19 season, starting just in one game. He was left out of the squad for Madrid’s last match of the season, and he was missing from the squad for the last-16 match-up against City, where he needed to tackle a 2-1 loss to progress to the last 8.
The Future of Bale
“I don’t know. Now he is a current player at Real Madrid. That has not changed. He is our Player. I respect that, and I respect him, like everyone else. He preferred not to play. That is the only thing I can tell you. The rest of us are all here, preparing for the game. The only thing we are concentrating on is the game.”
These were the words of Zidane when asked about the Player’s future ahead of the clash against City.