The cloud of doubt surrounding Gareth Bale’s future at the Santiago Bernabéu became clear last night following Zinedine Zidane’s comment at a post-match press briefing in Houston, United States.
Zidane revealed the Real Madrid are in talks with an unnamed club about Bale’s imminent transfer from the Spanish club.
The Wales international joined Real from Tottenham Hotspur for a then world-record £85.3 million fee in 2013 and, despite being hit by a series of injuries, he has helped the club win four Champions League titles and LaLiga.
However, he has not been enjoying a good relationship with Zidane since the Frenchman returned to Madrid a few months ago, fuelling speculations that he might not be needed on the team in the next season, with the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham, Bayern and Internazionale among the clubs having been linked with him.
Zidane, however, confirmed that Bale was left out of Madrid’s matchday squad to face Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup in Houston on Saturday night because “the club is working on his departure”.
Zizou, whose side were beaten 3-1 by Bayern, also said he hopes a deal for Bale can be struck soon “for everyone’s sake”.
“He wasn’t included in the squad because the club is working on his departure and that’s why he didn’t play. We’ll have to see what happens in the coming days. We’ll have to see if it goes through tomorrow, if it does then all the better. Let’s hope, for everyone’s sake, that it happens soon. The club is dealing with the club that he’ll move to.
“We have to make decisions and change things, that’s all there is to it.
“You’re aware of the situation and there’ll be a change to it. I don’t know if this will happen in 24 or 48 hours’ time. The situation will change and it’s for the best for everyone. That’s how things go.”
His comment sparked outrage on micro-blogging site Twitter as many football fans believe the Spanish club is not treating Bale with enough respect after helping the club to win several trophies.
Fans are attacking Zidane over the comment and Bale, Zidane, Zizou are presenting trending at the top spot of Twitter Nigeria.
Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has also slammed the Madrid head coach over his comment.
“Zidane is a disgrace. He shows no respect for a player that has done so much for Real Madrid.”
The agent was then asked if the player is on his way out of Real Madrid.
“We are working on it,” Barnett said.
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See some of the reactions:
I find Real Madrid fans’ and Zidane’s attitude towards Bale an absolute disgrace. He has performed so well over there and handed them moments in their history they’ll never forget. The whole situation is absolutely bizarre.
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) July 21, 2019
🏴 Before Gareth Bale arrived at Real Madrid, they hadn’t won the Champions League for 12 years.
In his 6 years at the club, he’s helped them to 4 European titles, single handedly winning them the 2018 final.
The way he has been treated & disrespected has been an absolute joke. pic.twitter.com/w3rMYnzpE2
— FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) July 21, 2019
Ronaldo asked everyone to back Bale ! That’s why you can’t hate Ronaldo
Ronaldo knew😥 pic.twitter.com/VSkGkgjirS
— Aryan 💙❤️ (@AryanGOAT10) July 21, 2019
Bale looks shattered and absolutely devastated leaving the stadium in Houston after Zidane’s comments. pic.twitter.com/eueWTevLax
— M•A•J (@Ultra_Suristic) July 21, 2019
It’s sad to see so much talent unappreciated. Bale could’ve easily mattered for Real Madrid the way Ronaldo mattered for them. pic.twitter.com/iNc6gq4aii
— Litha LeNyanga 🌕 (@Litha_15_Stokwe) July 21, 2019
Funny because Bale has done more on pitch for Real Madrid than Zidane did 😅
— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) July 21, 2019
Gareth Bale at Real Madrid:
Appearances – 231
Goals – 102
La Liga – 🏆
Copa del Rey – 🏆
Spanish Super Cup – 🏆
Champions League – 🏆🏆🏆🏆
UEFA Super Cup – 🏆🏆🏆
He deserves to be treated with respect for what he has done at the club. Period. pic.twitter.com/gm3sOh4MIs
— FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) July 21, 2019
Real Madrid don’t respect their players at all, just look at how they are treating Bale and how they treated C.ronaldo… It is their way of life. https://t.co/JjhoEppEYl
— Brainard Daniel (@brainard37) July 21, 2019
This is why Real Madrid is a trash club. So Gareth Bale plays 231 games for them, scores 102 goals & assists 65 times, not forgeting the BIG goals he scored to help Real Madrid win BIG trophies🏆 buh thats how they throw him out. That can NEVER happen at Man United. Madrid is 🚮 pic.twitter.com/ZKGJvjgT4D
— Pirate™ (@PirateMulwana) July 21, 2019
After winning 4 @ChampionsLeague Titles, 1 @LaLigaEN Title, along with multiple other trophies. Scoring vital goals in finals. He is still vilified by the Madrid fanbase. Can anyone tell us why 🤷♂️ at other clubs he would no doubt be a legend #Bale
— Talk Football (@FootballTalkTF) July 21, 2019
Raúl Gonzaléz, Ikér Casillas, Cristiano Ronaldo and now Gareth Bale…
Real Madrid are so ungrateful to players who served them faithfully.
DISGRACE OF A CLUB! pic.twitter.com/c8ZaE1XvKI
— The Wolf Of Wall Street (@KamanOhils) July 21, 2019
Nothing more annoying than neutrals who watch Bale twice a year taking the moral high ground attacking Zidane and calling Madridistas reactionary. Bale’s no saint either. He was well liked by everyone until he bitched about Ancelotti to his agent. Real OGs remember.
— Mó (@MadridVoice) July 21, 2019
Victor Osimhen: Why Super Eagles star is yet to sign N6.5 billion Napoli deal- Agent
Lille and Nigeria striker, Victor Osimhen is set to make a decision about a potential move to Napoli this week after meeting Napoli club officials, his agent Osita Okolo has revealed.
The Nigeria international has been heavily linked with transfers across Europe after his outstanding debut campaign in France that earned him the award for the best African player in Ligue 1 this year.
Napoli is reportedly trying to close the deal with Victor Osimhen in the next few days, as respected Italian journalist Nicolò Schira reports that LOSC forward Osimhen has been offered a five-year deal worth €3m (N1.3b) a year totalling (N6.5b) for five years plus add-ons at the San Paolo.
Osimhen, who scored 18 goals in his first season at Lille, was in Italy last week to meet Napoli’s coach Genarro Gattuso and club president De Laurentiis. He also arrived the city to receive the club’s transfer offer and tour the city, however, his agent has disclosed that the final decision will be made by the player this week.
“Victor went to Naples with his representatives. We talked and exchanged views on the city: the impressions were good, to tell you the truth,” Okolo told Calcio Napoli 24 .
“Victor isn’t always shy, although he would’ve preferred to make an important decision with less media exposure.
“After meeting De Laurentiis, Giuntoli and Gattuso, he told me he needed some time to make a decision, without any pressure.
“Later this week he’ll drop his concerns and confirm his decision, whether he decides to accept Napoli’s offer or not.”
Okolo claimed Gattuso has assured the 21-year-old of his faith in him as a starter at the club.
“We’re waiting. [His decision] may come not long after today. The coach made him feel wanted. He believes a lot in [Osimhen’s] ability and what he can do,” he continued.
“Victor told me there was an agreement on everything but that there was still a couple more things to iron out before the final decision: the announcement should be made by tomorrow.
“I think it’s important for him to have a starting place, to grow further, even if there are no guarantees in the world of football.
“At Wolfsburg they promised him several things, then they moved the goalposts. Victor doesn’t want to get this decision wrong.
“I think Napoli would be the right place for him to grow, but he has the final say.”
Tottenham vs Everton: I have no interest in winning the ‘Fair Play Cup’- Mourinho
Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has said he has no interest in winning the “Fair Play Cup”.
This follows the on-field spat between goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris and Heung-Min Son at the end of the first half of their 1-0 win over Everton on Monday.
Mourinho said the fight should have happened in the dressing room rather than on the pitch, but that was where his disapproval ended.
“A team of good boys, a team of nice boys, the only thing they can win at the end of the season is the Fair Play Cup. Something I have never won and have no interest in winning that.
“You have to have certain characteristics. I don’t like a team without communication in a critical way.
“What happened should not happen on the pitch, it should happen inside the dressing room, but I promise you my winning teams we had big fights, big fights in the team,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
Lloris exchanged angry words with Son at the break, with the two players needing to be separated by Giovani Lo Celso, as the captain continued to criticize his team-mate for failing to track an Everton run just before the interval.
Arsenal vs Leicester: Arteta to use Lacazette in swap deal for Partey
Arsenal could use Alexandre Lacazette in a swap deal for their top target, Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey.
Lacazette has two more years left on his current contract with the Gunners, but manager Mikel Arteta has preferred Eddie Nketiah for some games since the restart.
Arteta’s priority this summer remains to extend Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s deal while strengthening his midfield ahead of next season.
Partey has been strongly linked with Arsenal and the Ghanaian is believed to be interested in a move to the Emirates.
Atletico Madrid are also keen to land Lacazette in part-exchange for Partey, according to L’Equipe.
Juventus and Milan are monitoring the 29-year-old’s situation at the Emirates, but Arteta will be keen for him to join the LaLiga side and facilitate Partey’s arrival.
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