Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has insisted that his client’s future is in the hands of Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.
The Welshman has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu but he is reluctant to leave and would prefer to see out the three years left on his current contract with the club.
However, Zidane dropped another huge hint that the 29-year-old was surplus to requirements after omitting him from two matchday squads before leaving him on the bench for their final day of the season defeat to Real Betis on Sunday.
Bale was clearly unhappy at the final whistle and showed his frustrations by walking down the tunnel and back to the changing rooms without acknowledging the supporters after the game.
When asked why Bale wasn’t played in potentially his last game for the club, Zidane suggested that his attitude may have been what was holding him back from getting a cameo appearance.
‘I have to look at the day to day, and make decisions,’ Zidane said. ‘And when there is something I do not like, or does not fit for me, I must do what I think best.
‘It might be difficult for the player – we cannot forget all he has done here – but I must live in the present, think of the future. We will see [if Bale stays]. I don’t know what will happen, truthfully.’
When asked about Zidane’s comments, Barnett told ESPN:
‘Fine, that’s his opinion.’
Barnett was then asked whether Real president Florentino Perez’s opinion would have any influence over Bale’s future but he claimed it was the manager who had the final say over transfer dealings.
‘Zidane has complete control,’ Barnett said.
Former Real president Ramon Calderon believes Bale’s time has come to leave the club after insisting that Zidane ‘isn’t keen on him’.
‘Zidane is not keen on him; it is a relationship that will come to an end,’ Calderon told BBC Sport Wales.
‘It seems it was his last game for Real Madrid. Zidane, last year when he left, he thought it was imperative to keep Ronaldo and to sell Bale and they decided not to do that.
‘It seems it is impossible for him to be here because of the coach and the relationship with the fans. They think he is not committed and that is a problem.’