REAL MADRID boss Zinedine Zidane has reminded Gareth Bale of his responsibilities but refused to criticise after pictures of him playing golf while the team were playing Tottenham.
The Wales international was photographed after he had been left behind in Madrid while his team-mates were playing in the Audi Cup.
Zidane claimed Bale did not travel because he was unfit just hours after a big-money move to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning fell through.
However, pictures published by El Confidencial appear to show Bale playing golf at the Ciudad Grupo Santander course in Madrid on Tuesday night.
Bale, 30, has no future in the Spanish capital under Zidane, who wants the forward sold in order to free up his £650,000-a-week wage packet.
However, the deal was vetoed at the last minute after Real Madrid president Florentino Perez pulled the plug.
Bale staying could have repercussions on a Real Madrid attempt to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United.
United do not want to sell but would want something close to £150m for the France international.
Real have already spent close to £300m on the likes of Eden Hazard this summer and may struggle to put up the funds is Bale stays at the club.
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“He has to look after his responsibilities”
Asked for his thoughts on Bale’s actions, Zidane said: “Well, we’ll see when we get back. I will not prevent someone from doing something.
“He has to look after his responsibilities. We will see what he has done in Madrid. I will not get into his personal life. But I think he has done training.
“I will not tell you if it is disrespectful. You are not going to put me in a position that I don’t want to be in. I will not answer anything more than that.”
Zidane said earlier this month it would be “best for everyone” if Bale left Real, prompting the player’s agent Jonathan Barnett to label the manager a “disgrace”.
But Zidane has made it clear that the unwanted star will not play a prominent role in the upcoming season at the club.
And with three years still to run on his deal, think could get worse with Bale happy to sit tight and pick up his wage packet.
Real at least got back to winning ways on Wednesday after a terrible start to their pre-season.
Los Blancos beat Turkish side Fenerbahce 5-3 in the Audi Cup, with Karim Benzema meeting a hat-trick.