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Soccer Extras: Zidane confirms Bale to leave Real Madrid

Last updated on: July 21, 2019 19:02 IST

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'We are working on Gareth Bale's transfer to a new team'

IMAGE: 'We hope he leaves soon, it would be best for everyone. We are working on Gareth Bale's transfer to a new team'. Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Forward Gareth Bale's tenure with Real Madrid could come to an end in a matter of days after manager Zinedine Zidane said the club were working on offloading the Welsh international.

Bale, 30, has won four Champions League titles since joining Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a then world record 100 million euros ($ 112.20 million) but struggled to hold down his place in the starting side last season.

 

Amid suggestions that competition will only increase next season after the arrival of Belgian Eden Hazard, Bale was left out of Saturday's 3-1 defeat by Bayern Munich in a pre-season clash in Houston.

"He wasn't included in the squad because the club is working on his departure... that's why he didn't play," Zidane told a news conference.

"We'll have to see if it goes through tomorrow, if it does then all the better. Let's hope, for everyone's sake, that it happens soon."

Zidane's comments drew a stinging reply from Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett, who labelled the Frenchman "a disgrace."

"Zidane is a disgrace to speak like that about someone who has done so much for Real," Barnett was quoted as saying by ESPN.

"If and when Gareth goes it will be because it is in the best interest of Gareth and nothing to do with Zidane pushing."

Bale was criticised by the Spanish media last season after failing to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo's departure to Juventus as Madrid came third in La Liga last season, 19 points behind champions Barcelona.

Zidane, however, said there was nothing personal in his decision to deem Bale surplus to requirements.

"There comes a time when things are done because they need to be done. I've not got anything against him," Zidane added.

"We have to make decisions and change things, that's all there is to it. I don't know if this will happen in 24 or 48 hours... it's for the best for everyone."

Bale's high wages -- reported by British media to be 600,000 pounds ($ 749,880) per week -- mean few clubs would be capable of signing him permanently.

Barnett last month ruled out chances of him leaving on loan saying he was happy to stay amid reports linking him with Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Spurs. 

Emery happy to be patient in transfer market

Arsenal manager Unai Emery said he is happy to be patient in the transfer market and will wait for the right player to become available.

The Gunners head coach was speaking after watching his side make it two wins from two in the International Champions Cup with a 3-0 victory over Fiorentina in Charlotte.

"Really I am with patience because we want to choose the best solution," Emery said. "Some players are very expensive and we are waiting for this possibility.

"We don't want now to go to the second line of players.

"We are waiting. We have very good players. We have very good young players.

"We are aware also that we need to improve some players in this squad. I want to sign one, two, three or four players only if we can be sure they are coming to improve our team."

Arsenal have been linked with William Saliba in the British press, in a deal that would see the defender return to current club Saint-Etienne in France on loan as part of the deal.

Emery, however, said there were a number of possibilities floating around and he was in constant contact with sporting director Edu and head of football Raul Sanllehi, while they also spoke with the club's owners the Kroenke family.

"There are a lot of names. The club is working, Edu is very close to me and Raul," Emery said.

"We speak every day."

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