Zinedine Zidane responds to reports Gareth Bale could join Man United

The Real Madrid manager refuses to rule out Gareth Bale leaving the club this summer amid reported interest from Manchester United

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale Photo: Uefa handout

Zinedine Zidane has admitted that he can’t guarantee Gareth Bale will stay at Real Madrid beyond the summer transfer window.

The Wales international could be facing an uncertain future at the Champions League holders amid talk of Real Madrid signing AS Monaco sensational Kylian Mbappe in a world-record deal.

Zidane and the Real Madrid heirarchy are thought to be keen to sign the 18-year-old this summer to secure what would be a marquee world-record signing for los Blancos.

However, Mbappe’s arrival could break up the Karim Benzema-Bale-Cristiano Ronaldo partnership as Zidane looks to accommodate the talented France international.

Bale is though to be the most likely of the trio to lose his spot if Mbappe moves to the La Liga champions, which has in turn prompted reports linking the Welsh star with a move to Manchester United.

The Red Devils are thought to be ready to capitalise on the uncertainty surrounding Bale’s future if the 28-year-old makes it known that he wants to leave the Spanish capital this summer.

And Real Madrid boss Zidane refused to rule out Bale – or any of his other key stars – leaving los Blancos before the start of the 2017-18 season.

“I hope they all stay for this season,” Zidane is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.

“I hope everyone remains. I want everyone who is here now to stay, but anything can happen right up until August 31.”

On Real’s £143m pursuit of Mbappe, which could ultimately trigger United’s move for Bale, Zidane said: “I’m the coach, you need to speak with someone else about whether or not it’s worth it.

“Nothing has happened until now, and we have the squad we have.”

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