Any suggestion of a possible departure from Real Madrid is met with immediate rejection by Gareth Bale's people. They can't understand that anyone doubts his quality, althought I don't think anyone does. What frustrates is the lack of consistency. He is very good, at times. The lack of comprehension from his entourage regarding the Bale and Isco debate gives clues as to how they analyse football.
Bale scores spectacular goals, he has a unique strength, but he doesn't influence play the way Di Stéfano asked for. He says that the best footballer is the one that touches the ball a thousand times and never for longer than a second. It seems impossible to quell what is inside Bale, the feeling that the final result is more important than how you got there. He wants to be the one to finish the play but is being asked to create it.
There are, of course, two ways of seeing this. Bale is not responding because he does not feel favoured at the club. He can win games on his own and so why not give him a more relevant role. It seems that Real Madrid will not let this debate drag on any longer but those close to the player insist that he is not for sale. Zidane is repeating the patterns we saw with James Rodriguez and that doesn't end well for Bale. But, as they say, it's overcoming obstacles that make you stronger.