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Zidane Fires Real Madrid Warning to Bale

Zinedine Zidane has reminded Gareth Bale of his responsibilities after he was reportedly pictured playing golf while Real Madrid were playing Tottenham on Tuesday.

The Welsh winger was left out of the Real squad that travelled to Germany for the Audi Cup after his proposed move to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning fell through.

Zidane claimed Bale did not travel because he was unfit, but photographs emerged of him on the golf course, allegedly when Real were losing 1-0 to Spurs.

Asked for his thoughts on Bale’s actions, Zidane said: “Well, we’ll see when we get back. I will not prevent someone from doing something.

“He has to look after his responsibilities. We will see what he has done in Madrid. I will not get into his personal life. But I think he has done training.

“I will not tell you if it is disrespectful. You are not going to put me in a position that I don’t want to be in. I will not answer anything more than that.”

Zidane said earlier this month it would be “best for everyone” if Bale left Real, prompting the player’s agent Jonathan Barnett to label the manager a “disgrace”.

Bale has won four Champions League titles, La Liga and the Copa del Rey during his six years at the Bernabeu, and scored over 100 goals for the club.

Real beat Fenerbahce 5-3 in the third-place play-off in the Audi Cup on Wednesday, a day after their defeat to Spurs.

About Ayeni Wale

Olawale Ayeni, is a Media and Communication Arts, Masters in view fellow, a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Abuja respectively, has been in journalism right from his school days. He was a sports broadcaster with Osun state Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC). He was Sports Editor, Daily Stream Newspaper before joining Leadership Newspaper as Sports Correspondent. A lover of grassroots sports development and golf. A strong support of Arsenal FC.

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