Rio Ferdinand is pleading with Gareth Bale and Real Madrid to reach a resolution after the latest twist in the Welshman’s latest bitter row with boss Zinedine Zidane.
The winger endured a miserable season in the Spanish capital, starting just 12 games in LaLiga and featuring in just two of Madrid’s final 14 league games as tensions with Zidane reached a new high.
Bale was spotted on the golf course just hours before Madrid’s trip to face Manchester City in the Champions League with Zidane claiming he asked not to be included in the squad, as the star assumed that he wouldn’t get on the pitch.
“We’re being denied a generational talent playing football here.”
“Your begging for him or the club to come out and speak.”
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There is still no end to Bale’s Madrid nightmare in sight amid continued backlash from the Bernabeu side’s fans, with two years still remaining on the 31-year-old contract.
‘If you look at it in terms of trophies he’s won, it’s a phenomenal amount and he will go down as one of their most successful imports,’ the former Manchester United defender said on BT Sport punditry duties.
‘There is no doubt that we are being denied a generational talent here. We want him out on the pitch, we’ve seen what he can do in big moments with the great goals he’s scored.
‘But we’re not getting to see him play and that’s the frustrating thing, you almost want him or the club to come out and make a big statement.
‘He’s got to come out and give his point and either cut ties with Real Madrid or at least go on loan, make a deal happen somewhere to get out on the pitch.’
Ferdinand’s colleague Joleon Lescott added: ‘I think this might be the turning point. As a player, if someone’s saying you’re refusing to play, that’s hard to take.’