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Real Madrid boss Zidane defends denying Bale farewell in dismal Real Betis defeat

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has defended leaving Gareth Bale on the bench for defeat to Real Betis.

Bale is expected to leave Madrid this summer after six years with the club and had hoped to say farewell to home fans today.

But Zidane prevented such a moment for the Welshman and argued afterwards: "It's true, I have not done it, I'm sorry, but nobody knows what's going to happen, I have to see the day to day, when I see something that does not fit I have to do things the way I think.

"Nobody is going to change what Bale has done, but as a coach I have to live in the present."

He added: "I do not know what's going to happen, lately I've used other players, I make decisions and I make changes, next year anything can happen."

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