Zinedine Zidane’s departure deals huge blow to Manchester United’s Gareth Bale pursuit

by Leo Nieboer

Zinedine Zidane has announced he will leave Real Madrid after claiming three successive Champions League titles in less than three years, casting huge doubt over Manchester United’s chances of signing Gareth Bale.

The Frenchman’s sidelining of Bale throughout the last two campaigns have promoted speculation that the Welshman would seek a new club if the former midfielder remained in charge.

Speaking after netting the winner from the bench in the Champions League final, Bale emphasised that he wanted to be starting games next season, prompting further talk of a move to Man United. Jose Mourinho registered clear interest in him last summer.

But the sudden announcement that Zidane and Madrid would part ways after three extremely successful years has notably increased the chances of Bale choosing to stay at the Bernabeu.

There is every chance that whoever replaces Zidane – Maurizio Sarri, Antonio Conte, Arsene Wenger… Louis van Gaal? – may want to dispense with Bale anyway.

But the announcement today has made everything far less certain. Zidane staying this summer would have no doubt culminated in Bale leaving. Now the future of Bale, and most Madrid players, is very much up in the air. Other targets like Toni Kroos, Mateo Kovacic, Raphael Varane and Marco Asensio may become available.

At a club as volatile as Madrid, which will undergo serious change this summer, it is impossible to predict much at all.

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