Ryan Giggs has admitted he hasn’t spoken to Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane about Gareth Bale’s issues at the Bernabeu.
Bale has found himself a peripheral figure since Zidane took charge last summer, with his relationship with the manager thought to have broken down.
The Wales star has played just 100 minutes of football out of Madrid’s 12 matches since the coronavirus lockdown, and was left out of the squad completely for their Champions League clash with Manchester City.
Bale has found himself at the centre of constant speculation over a move away – although a proposed big-money move to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning collapsed last year when Los Blancos pulled the plug.
The saga has left the 31-year-old frozen out and frustrated. However, Wales boss Giggs insists he has not spoken to Zidane about his star player’s problems – because the former France star’s English “isn’t too good”.
“I’ve always said to him [Bale] if he wants to speak then I’ll listen and be more than happy to help him,” Giggs told reporters after naming his squad for Nations League games against Finland and Bulgaria this week.
“He’s experienced and professional enough to look after himself. But I’m there if he ever needs to talk to.”
Giggs was asked if he had spoken with Zidane about Bale’s future – and admitted he had avoided the thorny issue.
“I haven’t spoken to Zidane,” Giggs said, in quotes reported by AS. “My French and Spanish isn’t too good. That’s my way out of that one.
“I know Zidane’s English isn’t very good from experience. I’m just monitoring the situation. When Gareth gets on camp I will speak to him like I always do.”
Giggs named £89m man Bale in his squad for this week’s games despite his issues – but has warned there will be “no special treatment” for the forward in the future if his lack of game time becomes a problem.
“There is no special treatment for anyone. I will look at each case individually,” said the former Manchester United star.
“He is a good professional and always keeps himself fit.
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“I speak to him when he is on camp. He was available for me for every game in the qualifiers. It’s never been a problem so far.”
Giggs added: “Is it a worry for me? No. That might change, we will have to see in the future.”
Wales are away to Finland on Thursday, and host Bulgaria three days later.