Bale’s latest act of rebellion poses new problem for Zidane


Zinedine Zidane is happy to have Gareth Bale fit and says there is no need to discuss his Wales flag celebration. "Golf. Madrid. In that order" was the straw that broke the camel's back.

Crouch told the Daily Mail: "Gareth Bale's popularity in Spain has taken another hit after he danced in front of a flag that read: 'Wales, Golf, Madrid, in that order, ' following their qualification for next summer's European Championship".

"I've been with most of the older players since we were in the under-17s".

A headline in AS said: "Bale & # 39; mocked & # 39; Madrid with the & # 39; Wales".

The Spanish giants are yet to officially reply to the Welshman but they are unlikely to offer an olive branch, particularly after just last week Bale admitted he preferred playing for Wales.

Bale stated ahead of the final set of Euro 2020 qualifiers that he gets more enjoyment out of playing for Wales, than he does Real Madrid.

The flag was taken from the crowd after Welsh fans made a slogan out of comments made by former Real Madrid player Predrag Mijatovic during an interview with the Spanish radio station Cadena Ser last month.

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Gareth Bale believes Wales' contrasting experiences at Euro 2016 and in failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup will prepare them perfectly for Tuesday's decisive Euro 2020 qualifier with Hungary in Cardiff.

Meanwhile, SPORT suggested Bale should be punished by the club. I will always be with him.

There are still a lot of matches to be played till the winter break, so it is highly possible that Zidane will have to look towards him at some point.

The Spurs chief always operates on a strict budget when it comes to transfers and he will have to change his modus operandi if the Londoners are to land a star player like Bale. "I'm just looking at what he can give us on the pitch, not what's said off it, that doesn't interest me".

Mijatovic recently said, "I think Gareth Bale is a very particular kind of person", and then further added, "I don't know him personally, but from what I've read of the comments he has made, he seems quite a particular type, which might mean he comes across as being a bit odd".

Despite winning a multitude of trophies including four Champions Leagues, he has never been fully embraced by the Santiago Bernabeu faithful. Zidane will know his team can not afford distractions as they sit behind Barcelona on goal difference and ahead of Atletico Madrid by a point.