Gareth Bale slipped down the Real Madrid pecking order under Zinedine Zidane and is expected to return to former club Tottenham.
According to former Los Blancos striker and football director Predrag Mijatovic, for a position at Real Madrid, Gareth Bale has “given up fighting”.
The 31-year-old had slipped far down the pecking order under Zinedine Zidane last season with only 20 appearances, and Mijatovic claims that he stopped pressing for a place in the side.
He is uncertain, however, who is responsible for the breakdown in the relationship between Bale and Zidane.
“Madrid get rid of a problem with Bale. For him, it is also important to play, and he will achieve it,” Mijatovic said on Cadena SER.
“The relationship with Zidane was bad and he gave up fighting. I don’t know who the culprit is. Bale can play football, but not at Real Madrid.”
“You have to know what goes through his head to know if he is guilty. Surely one day he will give an interview where he tells us how he has spent these seven years.”
“Madrid want to have a small squad with fewer disgruntled players. It is a logical strategy. It is an atypical year, but the club is going to fight for all the competitions.”