Gareth Bale Heads Straight Down The Tunnel After Being Unused Sub In Final Real Madrid Game
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Gareth Bale ignored the traditional end of season salute to fans after Real Madrid lost their last game of the season with the Welshman being left as an unused substitute.
Last year Real Madrid won their third Champions League final in a row. Gareth Bale scored two goals in their 3-1 win over Liverpool, including one of the best goals ever scored in a final.
After full time Bale, having come on as a substitute, suggested that he would be considering his future at the Bernabeu with manager Zinedine Zidane preferring others ahead of him.
A year later and Real have been through two other managers before Zidane has returned and now Bale's future really is in doubt.
The former Spurs winger has started 21 games this season for Real but has been nowhere near his best and seen his game time cut with Zidane back in charge.
Sunday was the team's last game of a disappointing season and they lost 2-0 at home against Real Betis.
Bale is expected to leave in the summer so he might have expected a nice goodbye but instead he was left on the bench at full time and he headed straight down the tunnel:
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Instead of joining his team on the pitch to say good bye to the fans for summer, Gareth Bale heads straight to the changing room :flushed:
Could this be the last time we see him with Real Madrid? pic.twitter.com/aGTpqw1mvF
Zidane brought Marco Asensio on for Brahim Diaz on the hour mark, then Isco came on for Fernando Valverde nine minutes later and finally used Lucas Vázquez to replace Karim Benzema in the 77th minute.
That would have given Bale nearly 15 minutes to decide what to do at full time and rather than stay with his teammates to applaud the fans, as teams usually do at the end of the season, he bailed on them.
It has been a really poor season for Los Blancos this season. They replaced Zidane with Julen Lopetegui but the former Spain boss was sacked in November and his replacement Santiago Solari lasted just past their Champions League exit to Ajax in the last 16.
The summer is expected to be a huge one for the 13 time European champions with Eden Hazard expected to join, whilst other high profile names could also be signed.
Several members of the squad will be leaving the Spanish capital and Bale is chief amongst them.
Where will the former Spurs winger end up?