Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez have been dropped in Real Madrid’s squad to face RB Salzburg in a pre-season friendly match on Tuesday evening, according to Goal.
The future of the two players at the Santiago Bernabeu therefore remains uncertain.
In July, Bale had agreed a deal to move to China with Jiangsu Suning but Madrid refused to let him leave without a significant transfer fee.
The Welshman had hoped the club would let him leave cheaply, as Chinese clubs must pay a 100% tax on significant transfer fees.
It remains to be seen whether Bale will be able to engineer a move away before the transfer window closes or be involved if he eventually stays.
James finds himself in a similar situation, with Napoli and Atletico Madrid having registered their interest, before a season-ending injury to Marco Asensio appeared to see the Colombian redrafted into Zidane’s plans.
Having now been snubbed for Wednesday’s pre-season clash with RB Salzburg, however, James’ future is up in the air yet again, with no indication as to whether Napoli or Atleti, have made any ground in their pursuit of the playmaker