Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has said Gareth Bale will not be sold to make room for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard this summer, although he did make it clear that there will be movement in the transfer window.
Ahead of Thursday’s game with Getafe, Zidane was asked about the future of Bale and whether it’s linked with Hazard.
He sad:“No. But we are 25 players, so if you buy players, some might leave. That is normal in a squad.”
Earlier in April, Bale’s representative, Jonathan Barnett, met Madrid general director José Ángel Sánchez and was told that the club would not stand in the way of Bale if he wanted to leave and would even hand the forward a say in his destination.
After that meeting, Barnett told Spanish broadcaster Deportes Cuatro that his client was very happy at Real Madrid.
Zidane, who is now in Madrid for the second time as manager, is taking over from Santiago Solari struggling in the role in 2018-19 also ready to sell goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Real Madrid signed Thibaut Courtois in the summer from Chelsea, and he has been inconsistent in his first season at the club as Keylor Navas might take back the number 1 jersey.