By Kieran Jackson For Mailonline
Published: 09:59 BST, 10 August 2020 | Updated: 10:22 BST, 10 August 2020
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is reportedly ploughing ahead with a number of player sales this summer, with Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez both heavily linked with moves away.
Bale is not in Zidane's first-team plans at the Bernabeu and was not even picked in Madrid's squad for their Champions League last-16 defeat to Manchester City on Friday evening.
Rodriguez, similarly, has failed to cement a starting spot under Zidane and has been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Zidane keen on selling deadwood in the squad to increase his own transfer budget, according to Spanish outlet Marca.
Zinedine Zidane will have to sell deadwood in his Real Madrid squad before buying new players
Gareth Bale is out of favour and was not picked for Friday's Champions League squad
James Rodriguez has similarly failed to break into Zidane's plans and could move to England
The report details that Zidane has been told by the Madrid hierarchy to source buyers for players not in his plans for next season, before targeting new arrivals over the coming weeks.
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