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Zinedine Zidane Reveals Why Gareth Bale Was Dropped For Real Madrid's Final La Liga Game

Zinedine Zidane Reveals Why Gareth Bale Was Dropped For Real Madrid's Final La Liga Game

Zinedine Zidane has stated Gareth Bale was dropped from the Real Madrid bench this weekend for 'technical reasons.'

A weakened Madrid were held to a 2-2 draw against Leganes having already won La Liga last week.

There was no sign of Bale however as the Welshman didn't make the squad at all with many pointing to his recent antics as a reason why.

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When questioned about Bale and James Rodriguez's omissions following the game, Zidane stated: "You know what happened with one [Rodriguez missed the game for personal reasons.]

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"The other is a technical decision."

Bale has recently made the headlines for pretending to sleep on the bench as well as making his own pair of binoculars while on the sidelines.

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But the biggest talking point of all was his lack of enthusiasm as 'Los Blancos' celebrated their 34th La Liga title on Thursday,

The 31-year-old could be seen with his arms folded during the celebrations as well as his lack of interest in singing along with teammates.

He made just 12 starts in La Liga this season and only played 100 minutes following the league's restart in June.

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Another man who was missing for Madrid is club-record signing Eden Hazard.

Injury has derailed the Belgian's debut season in Spain but Zidane is hopeful he'll be fit for next month's Champions League clash with Manchester City.

"Eden has had some trouble," Zidane added. "Hopefully with this break, with this time when we can recover, I hope he can be fully recovered. It is not a holiday that we have now.

"Now, I don't think about City. We want to disconnect a bit, then we will have all the time to think. We will have 10-15 days to think. We will disconnect.

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"Until the last second we are going to fight to go to that final, but now you don't have to think about the Champions League. It is time to rest and think about gathering strength.

"The final stretch has been a tremendous effort. Now we all need some relaxation. This is what we are going to do.

"After these four or five days off, we go back and think about the Champions League. No stress or worries."

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Hazard himself has admitted his £100 million transfer from Chelsea hasn't panned out like he'd hoped.

"We have won the title collectively this year, considering it has certainly been the worst season of my career individually," the 29-year-old told franceinfo.

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Topics: Football News, Eden Hazard, News, Football, gareth bale, Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid, La Liga

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Daniel is a freelance journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.