Gareth Bale believes he can outlast Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid and is ready to bide his time until the Frenchman is sacked, according to reports.
The Welshman has spectacularly fallen out with his manager and looked set to leave for China this week, until Real pulled the plug and decided to keep him at the club.
Now, Bale is in limbo as he waits to sort out his future, but he has not given up hope of outlasting Zidane and rekindling his career at Real Madrid.
The 30-year-old was furious at the club’s decision to veto his £1million-a-week move to China, and he was ‘too distressed’ to travel to Munich this week for a pre-season friendly against his old side Tottenham.
It is reported that club president Florentino Perez had 11th-hour concerns about losing Bale and backing Zidane, given that the manager could well leave in the coming months if they endure a terrible start to the La Liga season.
In a poll run by AS in Spain this week, Real Madrid fans offered their verdict on Zidane and believed he could be gone by as soon as Christmas this year.
If so, Bale would then be given a lifeline under a new manager, hence Perez’s decision to keep him at the club a while longer.
Zidane’s problems are mounting up at Real Madrid, with the club having been thrashed 7-3 by bitter rivals Atletico in pre-season, and Eden Hazard arriving significantly overweight at his new club.
Perez, meanwhile, is no stranger to sacking managers, having got rid of a massive 14 coaches in his 17 years at the helm of the Spanish giants.