Gareth Bale: Why do Madrid still doubt he’s the Real deal?
Real Madrid face PSG in the Champions League on Tuesday, but will the mercurial Welshman be there?
When Zinedine Zidane dropped Gareth Bale for a Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain last year, Bale believed it was the beginning of the end at Real Madrid.
Two seasons on he remains but Madrid face PSG again at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, with the Welshman’s future still in doubt and his standing among the fans perhaps never lower.
Madrid’s two last-16 legs against PSG in the Champions League in 2018, towards the end of Zidane’s first spell as coach and en route to their third consecutive European triumph, marked a turning point between Bale and his coach. By leaving him out, Zidane’s message was clear: he did not trust Bale in the biggest matches...