BARCELONA – Gareth Bale should leave Real Madrid as soon as possible, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Saturday after the club's first pre-season friendly of the summer.
Zidane gave 22 players a run-out in the 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in Houston with 11 playing the first half and 11 in the second period but Bale was left watching from the stands.
Asked why he had been left out Zidane said after the game: "He has not been called up because I think the club is trying to work out his departure."
Asked if that meant Bale's departure from Real Madrid was imminent he said: "I'm not going get into that.
"If it's tomorrow [that he goes] then all the better. Better for him too."