Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane admits Gareth Bale’s future at the club is uncertain following his latest snub.
Bale was an unused substitute on the final day of the season in what could potentially be his last game at the Bernabeu, despite Madrid having crashed to a 2-0 defeat to Real Betis.
The 29-year-old has been heavily linked with a summer move away after six years in the Spanish capital, with the Welshman not part of Zidane’s future plans.
The Madrid manager admitted Bale’s future at the club is uncertain, saying he does not know what will happen in the transfer window.
“It is true, I did not [give Bale a farewell game]. If I had another substitute to make, I would not have done anything different,” Zidane said in his post-match press conference after the 2-0 defeat to Real Betis on Sunday.
“But I have to look at the day-to-day, and make decisions. 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 continues]. I don’t know what will happen, truthfully.”
Bale has three years remaining on his £600,000-a-week deal at the club, with reports suggesting the forward is demanding to be paid his contract should he be forced to leave.
According to reports, Bale allegedly told teammates that Madrid will need to pay up his £15m-a-year salary if they want him to leave, despite the threat of being frozen out at the club should he stay.
“I’ve got three years left on my contract,” Radioestadio allege Bale said.
“If they want me to go, they’ll need to pay me £15m per season. If not, I’ll stay here. And if I have to play golf, I will.”