Real Madrid's Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale’s ongoing struggles at Real Madrid have made it “impossible” for him to remain at the club, claims former Blancos president Ramon Calderon.

The Wales international was returned to Zinedine Zidane’s plans for a final day clash with Real Betis on Sunday but was left on the bench despite the Santiago Bernabeu witnessing another forgettable 2-0 defeat.

Zidane claimed afterwards that he would not have turned to Bale for inspiration even if a fourth substitution had been allowed, with the Frenchman stating that the 29-year-old does not suit his system.

That is considered to be the latest nudge towards a summer exit for a man who has spent six years in the Spanish capital, with Calderon conceding that his position has become untenable.

“Zidane is not keen on him; it is a relationship that will come to an end,” Calderon told BBC Sport Wales.

“It seems it was his last game for Real Madrid.

“Zidane, last year when he left, he thought it was imperative to keep [Cristiano] Ronaldo and to sell Bale and they decided not to do that.

“It seems it is impossible for him to be here because of the coach and the relationship with the fans. They think he is not committed and that is a problem.

“The best thing for him is to move. He should take the opportunity if there is one.”

Bale has long been linked with a return to the Premier League.

Manchester United have been credited with interest for some time, while talk of a possible retracting of his steps to Tottenham is now building.

It has been suggested that a player tied to a contract through to 2022 could be allowed to head back to north London on an initial loan agreement.

Calderon believes such a switch could be possible, adding: “Maybe he will go on loan.

“It is a problem when the coach and player do not get along, you have to look at every option to find a solution.

“The problem is the salary, it is a high salary. He has not been lucky at Madrid since the beginning. Fans thought for the money he would be better than Cristiano and that was really impossible.

“It is a divorce that is difficult to solve. They will find a loan or a transfer for perhaps a low amount of money.”

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