Zidane vague on Bale's future after scrappy win over Eibar

Adrien Rabiot

Meanwhile, Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane refused to reveal his plans on the superstar, who memorably scored one of the winning goals in the Merengues' 4-1 rout of Liverpool in the 2018 Champions League finals.

Eden Hazard will reportedly agree a deal to leave Chelsea to join Real Madrid within the next few days.

"We'll see", he said when asked whether Bale would still be at Madrid next season.

"It is not the time to talk about that".

Nacho started in defence alongside Raphael Varane, with Karim Benzema getting both the goals in the 2-1 win. There's been up and down already under their new manager and now they are about to lose their most important player. Barca and Atletico play each other later on Saturday.

MF Federico Valverde, 6 - Given a chance in the holding role and held centre well with some neat interventions and tackles. Nearly immediately afterwards, he missed a simple one-on-one with Eibar keeper Marko Dmitrovic.

The scattering of whistles became a chorus after he dragged a shot wide from 25 yards and it was no surprise his confidence drained away, a poor touch following shortly after. Madrid lacked precision or objective, as opponents were allowed through unchecked and passes went astray.

However, he did get on the scoresheet a few minutes later, when Marco Asensio's good work on the right wing allowed the Spain global to cross and Benzema finished with a downward header at the far post. Marco Asensio did brilliantly to weave into space and dig out the cross.

Bale's first involvement in the game did not help his cause: receiving a pass in his own half in the third minute, he miscontrolled the ball, allowing it to run between his legs. He netted a late victor for a 3-2 victory over Huesca last weekend and scored in a 2-1 loss at Valencia on Wednesday.

Benzema could have a hat-trick in the latter stages, but the he struck the upright from close range in second-half stoppage time.

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