Madrid find new club for Bale

July 22, 2019
In this file photo Tuesday, November 27, 2018 filer, Roma defender Kostas Manolas (left) and Real midfielder Gareth Bale vie for the ball during a Champions League, Group G match between Roma and Real Madrid at the Rome Olympic stadium.
In this file photo Tuesday, November 27, 2018 filer, Roma defender Kostas Manolas (left) and Real midfielder Gareth Bale vie for the ball during a Champions League, Group G match between Roma and Real Madrid at the Rome Olympic stadium.

HOUSTON, Texas (AP):

Coach Zinedine Zidane says that Real Madrid want to part ways with Gareth Bale, six years after it broke a world transfer record to sign the Wales winger.

Zidane said on Saturday, following a friendly in Houston, Texas, that he expects Madrid to conclude a transfer for Bale to another club "in the coming days."

"We'll have to see if it goes through tomorrow, if it does, then all the better," Zidane said. "Let's hope, for everyone's sake, that it happens soon. The club is dealing with the club that he'll move to."

Zidane made the comments after Bale did not play in the 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich in a preseason game.

Madrid paid a then-record transfer of EU100 million (then US$132 million) to sign Bale from Tottenham in 2013.

Bale went on to help Madrid win four Champions League titles, one Spanish league, one Copa del Rey, and several minor trophies.

He also scored some spectacular goals, including a memorable bicycle kick for the first of his two goals in the 2018 Champions League final victory over Liverpool.

Injury prone

But he has been injury prone and been criticised by Madrid fans for often underperforming during stretches of the season.

Madrid are looking to overhaul their squad after one of their most disappointing seasons in recent memory when they were out of contention for any major title months before the end of the campaign.

"It's nothing personal. There comes a time when things are done because they need to be done," Zidane said. "The situation will change and it's for the best for everyone."

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