The duo aren’t part of Zinedine Zidane’s squad for Wednesday’s pre-season clash as the club seeks to move them on this summer
Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez have not been named in Real Madrid’s squad to face Red Bull Salzburg in a pre-season friendly match on Wednesday evening as the pair continue to face uncertainty over their respective futures at the club.
Bale had reportedly agreed a £1 million-a-week deal to move to China with Jiangsu Suning back in July, but Madrid seemingly refused to let the four-time Champions League winner leave without a significant transfer fee.
The suggestion was that the Welshman had hoped the club, at which he has been clearly not in manager Zinedine Zidane’s plans, would let him leave on the cheap as Chinese clubs must pay a 100 per cent tax on significant transfer fees.
Rather than getting Bale’s already sizeable wage off their books, however, Los Blancos stood strong, scuppering a move that would have reportedly made the former Tottenham star one of the highest-paid players in the world.
Following that, the club announced that Bale had been ‘too ill’ to travel to Munich for Madrid’s Audi Cup exertions, but Zidane was forced to comment on a photo that had allegedly pictured the attacker playing golf in the Spanish capital while his team-mates were in Germany.
Now, left out of the squad again, questions will again surface over whether Bale will move on before the transfer window closes or have any kind of involvement in Madrid’s season in 2019-20.
James finds himself in a similar situation, with Napoli and Atletico Madrid having registered their interest before a potentially season-ending injury to Marco Asensio appeared to see the Colombian redrafted into Zidane’s plans.
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Having now been snubbed for Wednesday’s pre-season clash with Red Bull Salzburg, however, James’s future has been up in the air yet again, with no indication as to whether Napoli or Atleti have made any ground in their pursuit of the playmaker.
Indeed, James’s agent, Jorge Mendes, claimed recently that no clubs were close to finalising a deal for his client and that the press should ask Real Madrid president Florentino Perez if they want to know more about the club’s plans for the soccer professional.
Full Madrid squad for Red Bull Salzburg friendly
Goalkeepers: K. Navas, Courtois, Lunin
Defenders: Carvajal, Militao, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Odriozola, De La Fuente
Midfielders: Kroos, Casemiro, Valverde, Isco
Forwards: Benzema, Lucas Vazquez, Jovic, Vinicius Jr., Hazard