It was hoped that a return to Tottenham would revive the Welshman but it’s now clear to British audiences why Real Madrid wanted rid of the winger

Gareth Bale watched from the bench as an impotent Tottenham were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea on Thursday night, leaving everyone wondering why Jose Mourinho didn’t give him the chance to spark a comeback.

Well, not everyone.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was harangued in British media for consistently refusing to pick Bale, but he could see the Welshman’s best days had long since passed.

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