Real Madrid to prioritise Gareth Bale sale

Zinedine Zidane has instructed Real Madrid to sell Gareth Bale this summer even if the deal should not prove good value, say reports.

The Independent claims Los Blancos are not confident on securing the €100m they paid for the player in 2013 and may seek player swap deals or other routes.

The report follows on from a claim in Diario AS last week that Madrid would be prepared to swap the forward for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

A report in the same outlet earlier this week claimed the Welshman is currently ‘totally disconnected’ with Madrid and football in general due to accepting the situation that his future at the club is close to untenable.

Bale is said to want to remain at the club beyond the current campaign but is aware Los Blancos wish to sell him, although no club is said to be willing to match the requested transfer fee and wage packet.

Last week, a report in Marca outlined how the Welsh forward has decisively lost the support of the club’s fanbase following a series of misses against basement side Huesca recently.

The Spanish media have criticised the 29-year-old for his performances and against Levante last month he seemingly refused to celebrate his goal from the penalty spot with teammates.

Teammate Thibaut Courtois criticised Bale for not attending team dinners while former Madrid and Wales boss John Toshack, who claimed Bale needed to learn the Spanish language to ‘show respect’ to the fans.

Marca said that alongside a frosty relationship with fans and teammates, Coach Zinedine Zidane has also decided that the player should be moved on.

Bale joined Madrid from Tottenham in the summer of 2013 and has won four Champions League titles with the club.

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