Gareth Bale left out of Real Madrid squad to face Manchester City
Welsh forward’s future at the Spanish club under the spotlight again
Gareth Bale has been left out of Real Madrid’s 24-man squad for the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie against Manchester City on Friday. Photograph: Angel Martinez/Getty Images
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has been left out of their 24-man Champions League squad for Friday’s last-16 tie at Manchester City, casting doubt on his future at the club.
Bale, 31, last played for Real in June when they beat Mallorca 2-0 and did not feature in their final seven league matches as they pipped Barcelona to the La Liga title while he watched on from the bench.
Bale, who has scored over 100 goals for the Spanish side since his record-breaking move in 2013, has endured his worst season at the club with only three goals in all competitions.
The Welshman has a contract until 2022 and was set to make a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League last year before the transfer was scuttled when Real made a last-minute decision to insist on a transfer fee rather than terminate his contract.
Bale has since divided opinion among the club’s fanbase with some supporters frustrated by a perceived lack of commitment from the Welshman.
His poor injury record has not helped his cause while his agent says he will not leave the club despite falling down the pecking order in Zidane’s team.