Gareth Bale is ruled out for Real Madrid’s trip to Manchester City for the return leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie on his personal request
Bale was omitted from Real Madrid’s 24-man squad that will take on Manchester City at the Etihad on Friday, casting further doubt on his future in the Spanish capital.
Los Blancos face a 2-1 deficit from the first leg and have a mountain to climb in north-west England.
However, the Welshman will not take part in Madrid’s efforts to reach the Champions League quarter-finals after asking Zinedine Zidane not to include him in the matchday squad.
On the eve of a massive European showdown, Real Madrid boss has confirmed Bale’s desire not to play tomorrow.
“People say a lot of things. We have respect between us. The only thing to say – and this is a personal conversation between us – is that he preferred not to play,” Zidane said, as relayed by The Independent.
Gareth Bale wasn't included in the squad to face Man City despite being available, but Sergio Ramos is, despite being suspended. 😳— SPORTbible (@sportbible) August 6, 2020
The Madrid boss has now been very honest in explaining why and there is just no coming back from this. 😕 https://t.co/ARu88wfDS9
“The rest remains between me and him. I have explained what the situation is, and I don’t want to add anything else.
“He’s not injured. This is the third question, and I have told you what happened. Nothing else. I really respect him and all the other players. Things that happen in the dressing room stay there.”
Moreover, Zidane has refused to rule out the possibility of letting Bale leave in the coming months.
“I don’t know. He is a current player of Real Madrid. That does not change anything. He is our player. I respect that and respect him.
“He prefers not to play. That’s all I can say. We are all here ready and prepared for the game, and that’s all we are concentrating on.”