ZINEDINE ZIDANE last night claimed Gareth Bale did not travel with the Real Madrid squad for a pre-season trip to Munich due to ILLNESS!
The Bernabeu boss insisted his wantaway Welsh star was left in Spain on medical advice — and not because of their much-publicised falling out.
SunSport reported yesterday Bale did not go to Germany as he was still upset the La Liga giants pulled the plug on his £1million-a-week move to China.
He said afterwards: “Bale didn’t travel with us because he didn’t feel that well.
“The doctors said he was unwell and the best thing for him was to stay in Madrid. He’s training individually in Madrid.
“That was a decision that we made — the club, the doctors, myself and Bale, too.”
Forward Bale, 30, was due to join Chinese Super League team Jiangsu Suning after Zidane made it clear he was not part of his plans.
But club president Florentino Perez pulled the plug on the switch at the 11th hour, leaving the star in limbo.
Bale is said he to be furious with how the pair are treating him over his future.
Suning had agreed a deal with both Real and Bale, only for Perez to change his mind and demand a fee which resulted in the move collapsing.
Bale has not been offered any explanation over the U-turn or any reassurances over his role at Real.
Sources close to Bale do not think an alternative move will now materialise this summer, with the Chinese transfer window shutting today and Suning instead signing striker Ivan Santini from Anderlecht.
That has left Bale convinced he will be left to rot in the Real stands while Zidane remains in charge, despite Perez’s hope that the former France international’s stance can be changed.
Bale’s £600,000-a-week contract still has three years to run, meaning Real could have to pay him more than £90m not to play.
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Zidane was branded a “disgrace” by Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett for going public over his desire to get rid of the former Spurs star.
He has also been slammed by Real fans for their poor performances in pre-season which have seen them lose to Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and now Tottenham, who won thanks to Harry Kane’s first-half strike.
ZZ added: “All I ask is fans give me a chance to prove them wrong.”
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