Zinedine Zidane has revealed that Gareth Bale's day-to-day attitude resulted in the winger being left on the bench for Real Madrid's final La Liga game of the season.
Real Madrid finished their 2018/19 campaign in disappointing fashion, slipping to a 2-0 defeat against Real Betis. Bale - whose future in the Spanish capital is looking decidedly bleak - was not called on by Zidane
"But I have to look at the day-to-day, and make decisions. And when there is something I do not like, or does not fit for me, I must do what I think best. It might be difficult for the player.
"We cannot forget all he has done here, but I must live in the present, think of the future. We will see [if Bale continues]. I don't know what will happen, truthfully."
There has also been some confusion surrounding a specific quote from Zidane in the same press conference, where it has been reported that he claimed he still wouldn't have brought Bale on if he had a fourth substitute to play with.
Zidane: "If I had brought on another player, the same thing would have happened”— Ben Hayward (@bghayward) May 19, 2019
(By this I'm fairly sure he means that whoever is not subbed on would be asked about afterwards).
But from that to what was reported is a massive stretch. Irresponsible.
Spanish football journalist Ben Hayward has insisted that the quote has been misinterpreted and that Zidane instead said: