It appears he won’t be given a clean slate to impress his iconic manager – nor will he be totally exiled.
Bale came off the bench in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Roma as Madrid rounded off a low-key pre-season in underwhelming fashion.
That has led to the Spanish press pouring the pressure on Zidane to hit the ground running when the season begins for real at Celta Vigo at the weekend.
Two things stand in the Frenchman’s favour, however; firstly that the poor form is not being attributed to Bale’s absence and secondly that a good start to La Liga will immediately banish any existing doubts.
Should Madrid have made no progress by the winter, having spent $532m on Galactico-style transfers, even a man of his stature will be in trouble.
And either a desperate Zidane or a new coach could hand Bale a fresh start.
But the 47-year-old has insisted for months that Bale should leave, going public on his desire in July and earning a rebuttal from Jonathan Barnett, the player’s agent who branded Zidane a “disgrace”.
Bale has been offered to pretty much every big club this summer.
Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur were reportedly considered potential buyers before the English window shut, as were Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.
Neither of the continental giants are said to consider a deal viable with the 30-year-old earning $1,064,000-a-week.
But the Chinese Super League remains an option with potential, given how close Bale came to signing for Jiangsu Suning before Madrid decided they were against a free transfer.
Their window has now shut but re-opens at the end of the year, at which point the winger may push again to leave.
It is hoped Real will have realised that forcing Zidane and Bale together is futile, the coach having vowed never to play him after he went for a round of golf while missing a friendly due to “illness”.
Furthermore, the boss’ hopes of one last mega signing coming through the door, be that Neymar or Paul Pogba, reportedly rest on Bale leaving first.
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Manchester United’s record signing started the new campaign brightly, delivering two assists in the 4-0 romp over Chelsea on the opening weekend of Premier League action.
He was also the last player to leave the pitch, applauding fans and gifting one his shirt, leaving Red Devils faithful optimistic he would remain at the club.
That optimism wouldn’t last long, when the French midfield maestro after the match insisted “there’s always that question mark” over a potential exit from Old Trafford.
Both Juventus and Real Madrid have indicated interest in the midfield maestro, but it is highly unlikely he will depart, given United failed to sign any central midfielders this transfer window and will not be able to do so if he does leave the club.
By the time Sanchez is fit and challenging for a place on the team — in two or three weeks time — Solskjaer could well have moved on.
Another Premier League superstar on the rumour mill throughout the transfer silly season, Tottenham’s Danish playmaker has been repeatedly linked to Real Madrid.
Eriksen’s family were even spotted househunting in the Spanish city last month, and the star has repeatedly refused numerous offers from Spurs to extend his contract beyond the current season as he eyes a fresh challenge.
If they cannot convince him to stay for the longer term, Tottenham will almost certainly look to sell him either this window or in January, so as to not lose him on a free transfer when his deal expires in a year’s time.
While Tottenham have brought in plenty of quality this window — with club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele having made an immediate impact on his Premier League debut — losing Eriksen would be a crushing blow to Spurs’ title ambitions.
As his performance off the bench against Aston Villa indicates, he’s still an incredibly important player for the club.
Villa can’t hang on vs Spurs
Tottenham had been down a goal and unable to hit back for fifty minutes before Eriksen was brought in off the bench.
He immediately transformed Spurs’ attack, hitting three shots and setting up three chances for others.
Only three players were involved in that many efforts on goal in the first PL round — Eriksen did it in just 26 minutes.
With Manchester United optimistic about keeping Pogba, Madrid could turn to the Dane to bolster their faltering midfield.
Don’t rule this one out.
Former Liverpool ace Philippe Coutinho has scored 21 times in two seasons for Barcelona, helping the Catalan giants to consecutive La Liga titles.
Even so, things have not worked out perfectly for the diminutive Brazilian and he could be headed for the exit door.
Reports on Wednesday reveal Bayern Munich are interested in signing the attacker on a two-year loan move, but the player’s is reportedly
The Bundesliga club having successfully brought in star players on extended loan deals, such as a two-year loan for Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez in 2017.
Barcelona have smacked an £80m price tag on Coutinho and would prefer a permanent exit, while a swap deal for PSG star Neymar is still very much in play.
Another Brazilian who could be on the move is 27-year-old Neymar, who has been pressing for a return to Spain for months.