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Gareth Bale 'Refused' To Hold The Real Madrid Crest For Team Photo Ahead Of PSG Clash

Gareth Bale 'Refused' To Hold The Real Madrid Crest For Team Photo Ahead Of PSG Clash

Gareth Bale had an awkward exchange with his Real Madrid teammates as he 'refused' to hold Los Blancos' crest for the team's pre-match photo.

The Spanish side suffered a 3-0 defeat on Wednesday in their opening Group A Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes.

And Welsh winger Bale, 30, looked far from happy when Raphael Varane passed him the club's pennant for the team photo.

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The former Tottenham Hotspur star reluctantly accepted the pennant after an uncomfortable pause, only to immediately pass it on to Dani Carvajal.

Bale's relationship with Zinedine Zidane fractured in the summer after the Madrid boss told him he could leave the club.

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And the Madrid wantaway came close to finalising a sensational move to China, only for the deal to fall through and keeping him in Spain for the new season.

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Angel Di Maria scored a first-half brace against his former employers to crank up the pressure on Zidane's men.

Bale almost produced a show-stealing moment when he pulled off three keepie-uppies before sensationally chipping Keylor Navas from 20 yards.

But the Wales international had his exquisite strike ruled out by VAR.

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Madrid's humiliation in the French capital ended when defenders Juan Bernat and Thomas Meunier linked up in injury time to seal their side's 3-0 victory.

Zidane, who spent over a whopping £300m on new signings in the summer, is under intense pressure to turn around his fortunes this season.

And bookies recently slashed odds on ex-Madrid and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho to replace 'Zizou' at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Madrid, who are third in La Liga after four matches, resume their league campaign when they travel to Sevilla on Sunday.

Will Bale leave the club in January?

Let us know in the comments.

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Topics: Los Blancos, Football News, Paris Saint-Germain, Football, PSG, UEFA, gareth bale, Champions League, Parc des Princes, Real Madrid

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