Gareth Bale reveals Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane didn’t speak to him after match-winning display

The Welshman repeated his suggestion that he will leave Madrid this summer

Mark Critchley
Kiev
Sunday 27 May 2018 20:01
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Gareth Bale has revealed that Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane did not speak to him in the immediate aftermath of Saturday's Champions League final, despite his match-winning turn from the substitutes' bench.

Bale, who intimated on Saturday that his future may lie away from Madrid, scored twice after being introduced as 61st minute substitute to defeat Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev.

The Welshman's first – a spectacular overhead kick - will long be remembered in the history of European football. Bale later profited from Loris Karius' second costly mistake of the night to score again seven minutes from time.

The 28-year-old has spent much of the past year in and out of Zidane's starting line-up and admitted to being unhappy with a bit-part role after the final whistle.

Asked whether Zidane had spoken with him post-match to congratulate him on his pivotal role in Madrid's 13th European Cup win, Bale simply shook his head and simply said: “No.”

On his future, Bale added: “For me personally, I feel I should be playing week-in and week-out and I haven’t been.

“I haven’t been playing as much as I would like and I’m going to have to sit down, as I said in previous interviews, in the summer and think seriously what move I’m going to make next.”

Bale's time in Spain has been plagued by injury, with an ankle problem suffered in November 2016 having had a long-term effect. The Wales international feels as though he has finally fully recovered from that issue and is now deserving of a regular starting place.

“I feel like I was over my ankle injury around Christmas, it took a year after the surgery to fully recover but now I feel like I’m getting stronger and I feel like I’m getting better,” he said. “I feel like there’s still a lot more to give for me and that’s why I need to be playing week-in and week-out and that’s what I need to be doing.”

Bale added: “I just want to enjoy this moment and just have a rest. Then I will sit down with everybody at a big table and see what my next move is.”

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