Zidane dumps Bale out of squad to face Villarreal

    Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has omitted Gareth Bale from the squad to face Villarreal on Sunday afternoon as Vinicius Junior returns to action after two months of absence

    Although the 29-year-old was expected to hit form after Zidane’s arrival, his underwhelming campaign has continued, with Bale notching just one goal in his last seven La Liga starts.

    The Welshman’s disappointing displays have seen him falling out of favor with the French manager, who is eager to field Vinicius Junior for the first time since reappointment.

    Speaking of his decision to leave the left-footed forward out of the team, Zidane has said: “Gareth must train and think about playing.”

    “I cannot speak for him or other players, just say that they are players who know where they are, the responsibility we all have. Then I must pick the team and the bench.”

    The Brazilian youngster picked up an injury in Los Blancos’ 4-1 home loss to Ajax in the Champions League back in March but has returned to training recently and could make his first minutes under the new chief of staff.

    Meanwhile, former Tottenham Hotspur star is likely to depart Spain’s capital at the end of the season, with Manchester United and his former employers looking to take him back to the Premier League.

    Zidane’s rejection for Sunday’s showdown against the Yellow Submarine is a further confirmation that Bale’s future lies away from La Liga.

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