Bale walks down tunnel without acknowledging Real Madrid fans after snub in Betis defeat

GARETH BALE didn't get on the pitch as Real Madrid were beaten 2-0 by Real Betis on Sunday, ahead of the Welshman's seemingly inevitable departure.

The match drew a difficult season for both club and player to a close and he headed straight down the tunnel at the final whistle without even a wave to the fans.

Bale walks down tunnel without acknowledging Real Madrid fans after snub in Betis defeatGetty – Contributor3 Zidane said beforehand he "didn't know" if this was Bale's last game for Madrid

Bale walks down tunnel without acknowledging Real Madrid fans after snub in Betis defeatEPA3 Some fans didn't enjoy seeing the winger laugh with Toni Kroos during the loss

Ahead of the game, coach Zinedine Zidane asserted "there will be changes" and it was easy to see why as Real slipped to their 18th defeat of the season.

Tottenham and Everton target Giovani Lo Celso was on top form for Betis at the Bernabeu and the midfielder starred in the opener after 61 minutes.

A slick move finished with Loren Moron stabbing home at the far-post.

A familiar face made it 2-0 soon after, Jese Rodriguez returning to Madrid and sweeping in Junior Firpo's cutback after a ball in behind split the defence.

It left Los Blancos ruing Karim Benzema's miss in the first-half, the usually reliable striker hitting the post after a defensive mistake put him clean through.

The hosts were then rescued by Keylor Navas denying Lo Celso's lob with a spritely stop on what was billed as his final game for Real.

With the game going against them, Bale was left on the bench as Marco Asensio, Isco and Lucas Vazquez were brought on by Zidane.

Sat in front of Toni Kroos, the ex-Spurs man was spotted sharing a joke with the German with the clock ticking down, angering some fans who felt it defined why he should go.

Along with Bale, the coach is reportedly ready to ditch a wealth of players including Mateo Kovacic and Martin Odegaard – Sunday's game potentially acting as Vazquez and Isco's farewell too.

After the game, Zidane refused to confirm that Bale's career at Madrid is over, saying: "I don't know what's going to happen.

 

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