Watch Gareth Bale refuse to hold Real Madrid pennant in shocking Champions League line-up snub – The Sun

REAL MADRID winger Gareth Bale has offered a fresh snub to the club after refusing to pose for a picture holding the club's pennant.

The Welsh winger – who was denied a move to join Chinese side Jiangsu Suning in the summer – started for Los Blancos in their Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain.

With the starting XI preparing to line up for a photo before kick-off, Raphael Varane handed Bale the pennant which shows Real's badge.

The ex-Tottenham ace reluctantly accepted the item, before he immediately passed it over to team-mate Dani Carvajal who was standing next to him.

Bale was the ideal person to hold the pennant as he was in the middle of the row that was crouching down for the picture.

It's unclear why the 30-year-old handed it over, though he did recently admit that he was "not playing happy at the Bernabeu" following a summer in which Zinedine Zidane desperately tried to offload him.

Speaking about being made a scapegoat for the club's poor form last season, he said: "I wouldn't say I'm playing happy but I'm playing now. I'm sure there'll be plenty more turbulence.

"Internally we have spoken and things are what they are. I'm professional, I keep my head down.

"The things that happened will stay private with the club. If you want answers, maybe you need to ask Real Madrid. It's between me and them, and we will have to come to some sort of conclusion."

Since his move to the Far East failed to materialise, Bale has featured in all but one of Real's games this campaign – only missing the 3-2 win against Levante due to suspension.


Boss Zidane has lauded the former Southampton star, as he said: "I've always said he's got amazing quality, Gareth Bale.

"He's a great player. What happened in the summer, everyone knew the situation.

"Now he's here, I'm happy, he's happy, everyone is happy, the fans as well. Now we have to move forward."

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