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Zidane labelled a “disgrace” by Bale’s agent after Real Madrid exit talks

By Ben Green

Published: 12:25, 22 July 2019

Gareth Bale’s agent has launched a ferocious broadside at Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane after he talked up an exit for his client.

Bale failed to take part as Los Blancos lost 3-1 to Bayern Munich in their 2019 International Champions Cup meeting on Saturday night, with Zidane confirming in the aftermath that the forward’s omission was due to him being close to an exit.

Could Bale leave Real? Five things to know…

  • Bale and Real have been at loggerheads over the past few months.
  • Despite his initial success in Madrid, Bale has endured a difficult second half of his Real career.
  • Last month Bale’s agent stated “it would take something exceptional for him to leave” Real.
  • However, Zidane has recently suggested he ‘hopes Bale will leave soon’.
  • Bale’s agent has now hit back, branding the Frenchman  a “disgrace” for his comments.

When asked about Bale’s absence from the NRG Stadium, Zidane replied: “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.”

But, those comments haven’t gone down too well with Bale’s representative, Jonathan Barnett, who has since hit back at the Frenchman, branding him a “disgrace” for the manner in which he appears to be handling this ongoing transfer saga.

Speaking to AFP, he said: “Zidane is a disgrace, he shows no respect for a player that has done so much for Real Madrid.”

Barnett did, however, go on to echo Zidane’s comments regarding Bale’s future, reaffirming that he and the club are exploring the possibility of a Bernabeu exit for his client, saying: “We are working on it.”

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Thiago welcomes Bale transfer rumours

With things heating up on the Bale front, the rumour mill is now set to go into overdrive regarding the Welshman’s future.

Of course, only a few clubs possess the financial resources to pull off such a move, and one of those is Bayern Munich, who may very well explore the possibility after failing to make inroads on a move for Manchester City winger Leroy Sane.

The Bavarians are in need of bolstering their flanks after iconic duo Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben left the club this summer, and midfield maestro Thiago Alcantara has backed a move for Bale.

He said: “It’s very simple, for me, any top player who wants to come and play at a top club like Bayern Munich, who wants to contribute, they are welcome here.

“We will have the door open to you. Robben, Ribery and Bale play in similar positions on the field and we lost Robben and Ribery in our midfield, two historic members of this club.

“If Gareth (Bale) wants to come, any top player who wants to come here is welcome.”