Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale

Report: Zidane tells Real Madrid to sell Bale

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has reportedly told the club to sell Gareth Bale.

Zidane returned to Madrid as manager last month, 10 months after leaving the Bernabeu, and has begun plans ahead of a summer overhaul at the club.

The Spanish giants have endured a disappointing season, trailing La Liga leaders Barcelona by 13 points and seeing their defence of the Champions League ended by Dutch side Ajax in the last-16.

According to the Independent Bale is set to be the first major casualty of Zidane’s new regime, with the Frenchman willing to take a financial hit on the player having finally lost patience with the Welsh star.

Club president Florentino Perez had previously been unwilling to sanction the sale of Bale, with the 29-year-old having been a ‘galactico’ signing.

Zidane is believed to have demanded greater responsibility regarding transfers to return as manager, and has now told the club to find a suitor for the forward.

Manchester United and Tottenham have previously been credited with an interest in the Welshman, whilst Bale could also be used as a makeweight by Real in any potential deal for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.