Welsh striker Gareth Bale, announced from Real Madrid, was not retained Saturday by coach Zinédine Zidane to face Real Sociedad Sunday in the Championship of Spain, a second eviction in two games that feeds the rumors of departure to the summer transfer window.
As against Villarreal a week earlier (3-2), the British star was not even summoned to the list of 19 players chosen by Zidane, even though he often shined at the Anoeta stadium in San Sebastián ( 6 goals in 5 matches).
This non-convocation of Bale intervenes a few days after remarks of Jonathan Barnett, the agent of Bale, criticizing the choices of the French technician.
Asked about these remarks Saturday in a press conference, Zidane refused to enter the controversy.
“I do not want to answer. I’m Real Madrid coach, he (Barnett) does his job, nothing more. I have to think about tomorrow’s match (Sunday),” said the French technician.
“ZZ” also refused to confirm press reports that he had had an interview with Bale to tell him he was not counting on him next year.
“I have nothing to say about it, private conversations are private and must stay inside the locker room,” he said.
Recruited in 2013 from Tottenham for about 100 million euros, Bale (29) has a contract ending in 2022.
However, French striker Karim Benzema has returned to the group after a thigh injury.