Real Madrid opened door for Chelsea to sign £83m ace

Zinedine Zidane declined to offer Gareth Bale any assurances over his future, with Chelsea interested in a summer move for the Welshman, who has struggled to find his best form this term and the French tactician’s return to Santiago Bernabeu a matter of weeks ago was the start of the end for the £83 million signing.

Club chiefs are willing to sell the 29-year-old – who did not always see eye-to-eye during the World Cup winner’s first spell in charge –, and they are understood to spend big in the transfer window.

Gareth Bale has publicly stated he wants to end his career in Madrid, but a move to England is thought to be on the cards, with Tottenham Hotspur also hoping to land him.

And Zinedine Zidane gave no assurances that Gareth Bale would be at the club next season. ‘We are going to play these ten games, and then we will see,’ the Frenchman stated.

‘I will not talk about next season, we have ten games left. Gareth is an important member of the squad, we know what he has done here, especially in the Champions League finals. Nobody can take away what he has done. We know he can bring a lot to the team and we will count on him.’

Chelsea were linked with the Wales international on several occasions, but the Blues will not be able to strike a deal for the winger as they are banned from acquiring a player in the upcoming two transfer windows.