Gareth Bale and James Rodríguez are not in Real Madrid's match squad for Friday's Champions League return against Manchester City. Trainer Zinedine Zidane does not need the Welshman and the Colombian.

The 31-year-old Bale came over for 100 million euros from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, but the winger does not have a good marriage with trainer Zidane. Bale sat on the bench for the last La Liga games without playing minutes and made an uninterested impression.

Bale was also left out of the selection in the last league match against Leganés. According to various Spanish media, this was at the request of the left leg itself.

Rodríguez, 29, will also not play against Manchester City. The playmaker, who was also little used by Zidane this season, is said to be about to make a transfer to fellow townsman Atlético Madrid.

Real Madrid also have to do against Manchester City without Sergio Ramos. The captain has been suspended, but will travel with the selection to England. Mariano Díaz is also missing. The 27-year-old Spanish Dominican recently became infected with the corona virus.

Manchester City-Real Madrid starts on Friday at 9 p.m. The English had won the first game in Madrid by 1-2 at the end of February.

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AvatarAvatar Author realmadriden Time of places 15: 15 - 5 August 2020

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