- Gareth Bale could leave Real Madrid at the end of this season
- The Welshman has been relegated to the bench by Zidane in their last five matches
- The Frenchman insists relationship between them is intact adding that the media is trying to divide them
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has rubbished claims he is not in good terms with Gareth Bale.
The Welshman has been linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu this summer and the forward's bench warming role appears to have confirmed it.
Bale remains on the payroll of the La Liga table-toppers until the summer of 2022 but he is playing little or no part in his side's title quest.
The former Tottenham Hotspur man was close to leaving the Bernabeu last August but the club president Florentino Perez pulled the plug on the deal.
However, the relationship between the two has deteriorated so much that Bale had to be playing around when his side was struggling to overcome their opponent over the weekend.
This was about one week after the former Premier League star used his face mask to cover his eyes after Zidane used his final substitute in Real’s victory over Alaves.
Bale has not tasted action in Los Blancos' last five games but his manager insists that he is just fine with the 30-year-old.
While reacting to questions thrown at him on what the future holds for the player, Zidane said: “Madre mia, this question, eh. “I’m not saying anything… you try to put things between us but you won’t be able to.
“Every day you ask the same. You can do it, you have the right to ask what you want. But we’re united. Gareth, James [Rodriguez], everyone.”
Reports in Spain earlier this week claims the Galacticos are willing to allow the player to leave the club for free despite having two more years on his deal.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Gareth Bale was caught on camera trolling Real Madrid from the bench during their 2-1 win away at Granada.
The Welshman was also spotted in their last game against Alaves where he used a nose mask to cover his face, pretending to sleep.
Bale has fallen out of favour with Zinedine Zidane since the return from the three months' break playing just 100 minutes out of a possible 810.
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