Gareth Bale did not travel for Real Madrid’s participation in the Audi Cup on doctor’s advice, according to head coach Zinedine Zidane.
Madrid suffered their third defeat in four winless pre-season outings at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday, with Harry Kane giving Tottenham a 1-0 triumph that would have been far more comfortable but for the heroics of goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
Bale is not part of the squad taking part in the exhibition tournament but looks increasingly likely to remain under Zidane’s charge after a prospective move to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning collapsed over the weekend.
“Bale did not travel as he was not feeling good,” the Madrid head coach told reporters afterwards.
“Speaking with the doctors it was better to stay in Madrid and train there. That’s it. It’s a decision taken together, speaking with him. That’s it.”