Still, outings could be an even more significant challenge for Spanish champions with Jonathan Barnett confirming that Gareth Bale is not interested in leaving Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

A difficult summer transfer for Real Madrid

Real Madrid expects a difficult summer transfer window in terms of revenue. Still, outings could be an even more significant challenge for Spanish champions with Jonathan Barnett confirming that Gareth Bale is not interested in leaving Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. As Los Blancos celebrated their last domestic triumph, Bale was a trench figure barely able to raise his arms in recognition of the team’s achievement. That is mostly because he was not necessarily part of that achievement, with Zidane altogether abandoning the former Tottenham striker. As soon as he left for China in the summer transfer window of 2019, Bale stayed and expectedly played this term for the French coach, and that was original. Then came an injury, and the infamous international hiatus, which caused great concern among Los Blancos fans and medical staff.

Zidane doesn’t want to use Bale

Since then, he has dropped out of favor, and we are left with a rather childish exchange of gestures from the bench when Bale was not used as a substitute. “Zidane does not want to coach Bale, but he has two years left on the contract, he is pleased to live in Madrid and is not going anywhere,” Barnett explained in an interview. “Bale is as good as his teammates, but this is a decision made by Zidane. There is no hate from Bale, and he is not trying to outlive Zidane, he trains well every day, but Zidane, who has been successful, does not want to use him. Finding a buyer for Bale will be problematic for Los Merengues, even more so in the post-COVID-19 world, as the Wales International’s salary affects €17 million over the next two years.

“Zidane is ungrateful, Bale is a big loss for the team, but he doesn’t leave,” he added. “The reality is that the current market situation makes it very difficult for a player to leave”. Of course, there has been interest from some teams, Bale is one of the best players in the world. But the best players in the world do not move on loan. “There aren’t many teams that can afford to sign him.”