Zidane vague on Bale's future after scrappy win over Eibar

Here’s why ‘this’ French midfielder has snubbed an interest from Man United as well as Liverpool

Zidane won the Champions League in all three seasons in-charge of Real Madrid before departing from the club a year ago.

"We'll see", Zidane said when he was quizzed about the 29-year old's future at the club.

FW Karim Benzema, 8 - As so often this season, Benzema was Madrid's best performer and most likely source of a goal.

The second came a few minutes later when his curled effort struck the post but Madrid picked up the victory which leaves them third, 10 points behind LaLiga leaders Barcelona. There's been up and down already under their new manager and now they are about to lose their most important player.

Zidane has insisted his players are not on trial but his changing line-ups at least suggest he is examining his options before the summer.

He rested captain Sergio Ramos and dropped Toni Kroos and Casemiro to the bench in favour of inexperienced Uruguayan midfieder Federico Valverde, while bringing Spanish youngster Sergio Reguilon back in for the suspended Marcelo. Nearly immediately afterwards, he missed a simple one-on-one with Eibar keeper Marko Dmitrovic. Madrid lacked precision or goal, as opponents were allowed through unchecked and passes went astray.

An insipid first-half display was punished when Eibar went ahead through Marc Cardona, but Madrid showed more intensity and focus after the break and two Karim Benzema headers turned the game around. Marco Asensio did brilliantly to weave into space and dig out the cross.

Madrid scored the victor without him.

Benzema found the net for a second time after the goalkeeper kicked the ball off a defender and it fell to the French forward, who tapped the ball into the empty net, only to have his attempt ruled out again for offside after a VAR review.

Benzema, who only managed five La Liga goals last season, has scored 26 goals in all competitions this term. Hazard has won the Premier League twice, the FA Cup and League Cup once, and even the Europa League in his time in England. The treble was not to be.

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