ZINEDINE ZIDANE insists Gareth Bale will not be banned from playing golf.
The Welshman caused a stir when he posed with a banner saying: “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order” while on international duty last month.
Real Madrid fans were furious with Bale’s behaviour and have showered him with boos and jeers in recent games.
The former Spurs ace, 30, is a keen fan of golf, and some believe he does indeed prefer it to playing at the Santiago Bernabeu.
But Zidane is adamant he will continue to allow Bale on the putting green.
Zidane said: “I’m going to give you my reply, the club might say something different.
“I’m not going to prohibit Gareth or any player from doing anything.
“They are all adults and know what they have to do. I’m not going to say anything to a player.”
Bale may have some extra time on his hands to practice his swing after picking up a hamstring problem which rules him out of Real’s next two games.
Meanwhile, the ace’s agent Jonathan Barnett has revealed that Bale could leave Real should the right offer come in.
He said: “Bale is not ecstatic. He has never asked to leave.
“He has a contract with Real Madrid and as long as they want him, there’s not much anyone can do about it.
“He wants to win the league and European championship and everything else. It will not affect his performance.
“The facts and figures prove if he is on the field for Real, they have a better chance of winning.
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“No one has ever accused him of not giving 100 per cent, and a 100 per cent Bale is one of the best players in the world.
“The coach should be happy and honoured that he is on the pitch for him. There’s no guarantee he is leaving.
“If the right opportunity came along for him and it’s something he wants to do, we have to chat with the president and see where we are.”