Real Madrid manager,Zinedine Zidane no longer sees Gareth Bale a priority and the he club are not desperate to sell him this summer according to Jorge Valdano.
Bale has won 14 trophies following his arrival from Tottenham in 2013, including four Champions League crowns.
But despite the Welshman’s records he is been targeted by the club’s fans and made a scapegoat for a disappointing season at the Bernabeu this campaign.
Return of Zidane as Madrid manager has further increased speculation the forward could depart the club at the end of season.
And former Real player and manager Valdano reckons Bale no longer has an important role to play at the European giants.
”Something interesting happened on Sunday: his first touch was whistled, but then, when he was through one on one, he dinked the ball just over the bar and was widely applauded.
”People still expect promise that has never been fulfilled. To his credit, he has fulfilled this promise at critical times, with trophies on the line, but, judging his performances regularly, he has produced less than expected.
“At any rate, Bale would be starting if Madrid wanted to cash in. Zidane has other priorities. He’s looking at players for next season,Valdano told El Transistor,
Zidane, however is bemused by his team’s fans’ attitude towards Bale after they booed the Welsh forward during Saturday’s 3-0 La Liga victory over Athletic Bilbao.
Asked why a player who has won four Champions Leagues in five seasons in Madrid including scoring decisive goals in two of the finals is given such a hostile reception by fans ”I don’t know. Honestly, I don’t understand it,Zidane said.