Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has made it clear he does not want Gareth Bale anywhere near the club once he returns from Tottenham.

That’s according to Defensa Central, who say the Frenchman’s dislike of Bale is no longer just football based.

Bale is currently spending the season on loan at Tottenham, having become public enemy number one at the Bernabeu due to his injuries, lack of form and perceived lack of care about the situation.

After a rocky start at Tottenham, he’s improved over the last few months, opening up suggestions that he could return permanently.

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That is something the player himself squashed recently when he insisted his plan is to return to Madrid come the summer.

Those comments caused something of a stir back in Spain where, while they were not exactly surprised by the comments, they made it clear Madrid do not want him back.

Defensa Central pick up on that today and state that part of that is because of Zidane, who does not want to see Bale back in Valdebebas and ‘stands firm’ on the decision he made about Bale last year.

And that is ‘no longer just for a purely football reason’. Zizou is send to have ended up ‘very burnt’ by Bale’s attitude after lockdown last year, and the fact he sat out of the second leg of their Champions League clash with Manchester City ‘blew everything out of the water’.

He’s therefore not interested in a return, and neither are Madrid as his wages are ‘unaffordable’, particularly for a player who has ‘not made a profit’ for years.

For them, it makes no sense to pay such an amount to a player who is in ‘full decline’, and so if Tottenham do not want to keep him, they will put him on the transfer market.

Indeed, such is their desire to sell; they will ‘listen to any kind of offer’ that comes in simply to stop Bales starting next season. So, even if Spurs don’t make a move, expect plenty of talk about Bale this summer.