Zidane tight-lipped on Bale future

Zidane tight-lipped on Bale future

18/05/2019 at 19:38Updated 18/05/2019 at 21:10

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is refusing to comment on the future of Gareth Bale as speculation mounts that the Welshman will leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer.

The former Tottenham star has been left out of the matchday squad for Madrid's last two games, the defeat to Real Sociedad the last week and the 3-2 victory over Villarreal on May 5.

However, he is set to return to the fold for the final-day clash with Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu but Zidane is refusing to comment on whether it will be the Welshman's last ever game for the club.

"Tomorrow he will be in the group," Zidane said at his pre-match press conference when asked whether Bale's time in the Spanish capital would be over at the end of the season.

"I can only say this to you. Tomorrow you will see the team which we will put out. I don't know. I cannot tell you. It's the end of the season, next season there will be changes but I don't know what will happen. We'll see."

Madrid have endured a poor campaign which saw coaches Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari both fired as head coach prior to Zidane's return to the club but the Frenchman is looking to turn things around ahead of next season.

"It's the last game, we've done a final week of work. It's been a complicated year and I want to tell people we will be back with enthusiasm and work so that they are proud of the players."