Real Madrid fans have their say on Hazard, Eriksen and Pogba rumours

Tanya Simon
May 20, 2019

During the 2018-19 season, Gareth Bale has managed to score only 14 goals and make 6 assists in 42 games for the Los Blancos and Zinedine Zidane is ready to offload him during the summer transfer window.

The Norwegian coach knows the pressure will be on during his first full season in charge and he wants players that he can rely on and that are fully focused on his project. "But I don't know what is going to happen", Zidane told press this week.

At a club like Madrid motivation is hard when there is nothing to play for.

Zidane's surprise departure was seen as a reprieve for Bale who remained in Madrid, but the relationship between him and the club's supporters began to wane.

He will also not be blamed for their league total of 68 points, their lowest in 17 years, nor the 12 defeats.

Goals from Betis' Loren Moron and former Real star Jese saw Madrid fall to their twelfth defeat in the league this season.

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With Real poised for a squad overhaul, Zidane then briefly discussed the futures of goalkeeper Keylor Navas and club-record signing Gareth Bale, with the latter not featuring against Betis despite being named on the substitutes bench, further fuelling speculation he is set to leave the club.

"The best thing that has happened to us is that the season has finished", Zidane said, as per Football Espana. "We started the season badly and we've ended the season badly". I'm not saying that we're going to win the lot next season, but we're going to prepare to have a great year. "We can't forget it; we have to have it very present in the future so it can help us improve".

But with Bale under contract until 2022, his exit may hinge on finding a club that can cope with the 29-year-old winger's salary of a reported 15 million euros a season.

It appears that Madrid are now so keen to get rid of the player that they are resorting to some desperate measures.

Zidane has rarely counted on Bale since he returned to the club in March nine months after stepping down, becoming Madrid's third manager of the season following the failures of Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari.

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