“I Don’t Really Care” – Zinedine Zidane Says Ahead of Gareth Bale’s Tottenham Transfer

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane claims he has no personal issue with Gareth Bale ahead of the Welshman’s imminent move to Tottenham.

Bale travelled to London on Friday to finalise a return to Tottenham on loan after seven years at Real which witnessed a remarkable haul of trophies and goals but ended with the player barely featuring at the end of last season.

While Bale was key to Real winning the 2016 Champions League in Zidane’s first season, he was absent from most of the second campaign due to injuries and never managed to re-establish himself as a first-choice player for the Frenchman, even after scoring twice in the 2018 final against Liverpool .

But Zidane disagreed with the perception he forced Bale out.

Speaking ahead of Real’s first game in La Liga away to Real Sociedad on Sunday, where they will begin their title defence, he said: “It’s not like that but I don’t really care.

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“It’s more complicated. With Bale it’s always about one side against the other. But I’ve never had a problem with Gareth. There will always be things that happen. Now he’s making a change, all we can do is wish him the best… These things happen in football, but I’ve always said he was a spectacular player.”

Zidane also revealed he did not say anything to Bale before he left to return to the Premier League.

“I did not speak to him,” he added. “But I know what he has done for this club. He always proved his quality and what he has achieved with the club cannot be argued with.”

There will now be more expectation on Real’s joint-most expensive player, Eden Hazard, although the Belgian is unlikely to feature against Real Sociedad.

Hazard’s debut season at Real was marred by two ankle injuries and other fitness troubles. Zidane said he would not rush him back to action.

“We have more time to prepare for the season and all he needs to do is ensure he gets to 100 or 120% fitness,” he said.Photo Credit: Getty

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