Zidane asked if he has message for Bale

Gareth Bale was left out of Real Madrid’s squad for their defeat at Anoeta against Real Sociedad on Sunday as uncertainty over his future continues to grow and it is the second weekend in a row that Zinedine Zidane has opted not to include him in his plans for LaLiga Santander.

Asked after the loss if he had a message for the forward, Zidane suggested that his actions have already spoken for him.

“It’s clear what I’ve done this weekend,” Zidane said of his decision to drop the Welshman after the match.

“We’ll see what I do next week and what happens next year.

“He’s fine physically.”

Zidane saw his Real Madrid side beaten 3-1 despite the visitors taking an early lead through Brahim Diaz’s impressive solo run.

“Brahim played well,” Zidane said.

“He’s young and interesting.

“We’ll see what we’re going to do, but for the moment he’s had some minutes and he’s done well during them.

“I really liked the start of the game.

“We scored, then VAR took four or five minutes to disallow their goal.

“Then they scored.

“The second half was very complicated, but, even with 10 men, we had chances.

“Then, when it got to 3-1, it was even more difficult, mainly because they made a big effort.

“The Rayo defeat was bad, but this wasn’t.”

Although there were a couple of positives for the Real Madrid coach, he’d rather focus on next season already.

“It’s a pain because we played well and could’ve scored with 10 men,” he said.

“It’s best that the season ends as soon as possible.”