Zidane confirmed the Wales worldwide was left out of Real's matchday squad to face Bayern Munich in the global Champions Cup in Houston on Saturday night because "the club is working on his departure".
Injuries have hampered the 30-year-old in recent years though, leading to growing frustration from supporters of the Spanish club, who have made their feeling for the player well known.
"Let's hope, for everyone's sake, that it happens soon".
"It isn't personal, but there comes a time when you do things because they have to be done".
Bale is poised to be forced out at the behest of Zidane and there are a host of significant players across Europe who have yet to negotiate an exit despite expressing a desire to move on.
"I don't know if this will happen in 24 or 48 hours' time".
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It remains to be seen if Tottenham are interested in bringing Bale back to north London, with Mauricio Pochettino refusing to rule out a move when speaking to the Evening Standard - claiming it is down to Daniel Levy.
Zinedine Zidane and Gareth Bale. He played four full seasons at the club before moving to Real Madrid on loan and then moving to Bayer Leverkusen on a permanent deal.
That prompted Bale's agent Jontahan Barnett to brand Zidane a "disgrace" and team-mates of the forward expect him to leave the Bernabeu and rate China as his most likely destination.
Zidane did not reveal where Bale's possible destination might be but said: "The situation will change and it's for the best for everyone".
Oh, Gareth. Remember the good old days?
Zinedine Zidane's latest comments regarding the future of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid could signal his return to Tottenham Hotspur.
Manchester United are eyeing an audacious move to sign Luka Modric after expressing their interest in luring the midfielder away from Real Madrid this summer, according to reports in Spain via TeamTalk.