Gareth Bale was seen as a sore loser following Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League win at Juventus this week, after he made headlines for not celebrating Cristiano Ronaldo’s overhead kick goal.
It appears the relationship between Zidane and club record signing Bale has deteriorated this season, with Spanish publication AS suggesting the Frenchman has not forgiven the winger for his antics on 14 February.
Back then, Bale came off the bench to play 22 minutes in Los Blancos' 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain. However, after the match he was the only player, who didn’t stay on the pitch to applaud the home support. Even club captain Sergio Ramos urged him to stay, but the Welshman walked straight down the tunnel.
It is claimed that Zidane hasn’t forgiven Bale for his antics and that the 28-year-old has fallen further down the pecking order as was proven in his team selection on Tuesday.
Isco and Karim Benzema started over Bale, who had to watch the game from the bench. He seemed upset with Zidane's decision and was the only player who didn’t really celebrate Ronaldo’s wonder goal against Juventus. Spanish cameras picked up Bale, who remained seated on the bench while the rest of the substitutes celebrated Ronaldo’s overhead kick strike.
Bale also didn’t come on as a substitute after Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio and Mateo Kovacic were preferred over the speedy winger. AS suggest it was the first time that he was fully fit but failed to play a single minute in an UEFA Champions League clash.
It appears that Bale is following on the path of James Rodriguez, who had also fallen down the pecking order and in the end was only seen good enough to feature in Zidane’s B-team. Similar to Rodriguez, Bale has featured in LaLiga games recently and even scored a brace against Leganes on the weekend while Ronaldo, for example, was rested.
At Real, the bosses are reportedly prepared to sell Wales’ all-time record scorer in the coming transfer window, amid suggested interest from Manchester United.
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