Things haven’t been going on Gareth Bale’s favor for some time now, and speculation about his possible departure from Real Madrid flooded social media after he wasn’t featured in Real Madrid’s 3-1 defeat against Bayern Munchen.

When asked about Bale’s availability for the remainder of the preseason, Zinedine Zidane acknowledged that both parties are working on his departure and he’s not going to be with the team for much longer:

“Bale did not play because he is very close to leaving. We hope he leaves soon, it would be best for everyone. We are working on his transfer to a new team. I have nothing personal against him, but there comes a time where things are done because they must be done, I have to make decisions, we have to change. The exit is the coach’s decision, and also of the player, who knows the situation. The situation will change, I do not know if in 24 or 48 hours, but it will, and it’s a good thing for everyone,” Zidane concluded, as reported by the BBC.