‘If I had a fourth substitute today I would not have brought him on’
By Joe Shread
Last Updated: 19/05/19 4:47pm
Zinedine Zidane has admitted Gareth Bale does not fit in his Real Madrid team amid reports the Welshman is set to leave the Bernabeu this summer.
Bale was left on the bench for the duration of Real’s 2-0 home defeat to Real Betis on Sunday that brought down the curtain on their underwhelming season.
The 29-year-old has struggled to hold down a starting place in the Real side since Zidane returned in March and the manager has consistently refused to offer assurances over his future.
When asked about Bale leaving the Bernabeu after the defeat to Betis, Zidane said: “I don’t know if it’s the last game or not. I don’t know what’s going to happen.
“I’m sorry he didn’t get to play, but no-one knows what will happen. If I think a player doesn’t fit in the team I have to do what I think works best.
“No-one can change what Bale has done for the team, but as a coach I have to live in the present. I have counted on other players more in recent weeks, and if I had a fourth substitute today I would not have brought him on.
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“I make these decisions when it is right to do so, and I must act in the best interests of the team at all times.”
Bale has won four Champions Leagues, La Liga and the Copa del Rey during his six years at Real.
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