Semi-final snub shows Real ready to show Bale door, says Lampard
Frank Lampard believes that Zinedine Zidane's decision to leave Gareth Bale on the bench for Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final first-leg victory over Bayern Munich was a "statement" that shows change will be coming at the end of the season.
The Wales ace, once the most expensive player in world football following his £86m move to Madrid, was spotted glumly looking on from the Allianz Arena dugout.
With Madrid looking to win the Champions League for the third consecutive year, Zidane knows that European success is potentially the only thing that will save his job, given that his side are 15 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona.
Bale has fuelled reports that he could leave by refusing to rule out a move to Bayern.
Lampard said: "I think statement is a good word because sometimes if the club is moving in the one direction, they keep him on the bench, bringing the young players on, it's a statement to say in the summer that things are going to change."
Bale was left out for the 2-1 victory as Zidane preferred to start Isco and Lucas Vazquez, with the former being replaced at half-time by Marco Asensio and both Matteo Kovacic and Karim Benzema being sent on instead of the Welshman.