Zinedine Zidane has given his thoughts on Gareth Bale’s move to Tottenham on a season-long loan. The French manager hasn’t ever had the best relationship with the forward and it shows with his reaction to the transfer.
The Welshman fell out with his Zidane last campaign and was frozen out of the team, starting onlya game since March, and their relationship became very frosty.
That breakdown saw Bale seek a move away from the club, with Real Madrid agreeing a loan deal with Tottenham that will see the La Liga giants pay a large proportion of his wages.
Zidane was influential in Real signing Bale back in 2013 and, despite their recent friction, was quick to highlight the massive role the 31-year-old has played at the club but still took aim at the Spurs new signing.
Speaking ahead of Real Madrid’s first game in La Liga against Real Sociedad on Sunday, he said regarding Bale’s exit: “It’s not like that but I don’t really care.
“It’s more complicated. With Bale it’s always about one side against the other. But I’ve never had a problem with Gareth.
Asked about Bale’s pending return to Tottenham, Zidane said: ‘I haven’t spoken to Bale. I know what he has done in this team.
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‘He has been spectacular for this team, nobody can say otherwise. There are negotiations. If he moves, we only wish him well.’
Asked about the tense relationship he endured with the Wales international at the end of last campaign, Zidane added: ‘I’ve not had any problems with Gareth. The situation is not firm, it’s not done, I cannot say more.’
On what Real Madrid are losing, he said: ‘It’s not about that. It’s life, everyone can have an opinion. Gareth is our player for the moment and the issue is still to be closed.’
On Reguilon, Zidane said: ‘We must congratulate Reguilon on the season he had. We have two players per position and I already have two full-backs.
‘I wish him all the best because he had a good season at Sevilla and he deserves to be at Tottenham.’