The 30-year-old former EPL Player of the Year urged to join Liverpool

Gareth Bale has been urged to join Liverpool after Zinedine Zidane admitted he wanted Real Madrid to sell the Welshman.

Despite winning four Champions League titles since arriving at the Bernabeu in 2013, Bale has been unable to win over Zidane, who returned to the club last season.

The legendary French manager said over the weekend that Bale was ‘very close to leaving’ Real Madrid.

Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are said to be considering moves for the 30-year-old forward but Paul Ince believes he should join Liverpool.

The former Liverpool, Manchester United and England winger told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘For me, if Liverpool could afford him, he should go to Liverpool.

‘If you look at the front three, they have played all summer so how much rest are they going to get before the season starts?

‘Bale can play on the right, he can play left and he can play central. They have got Origi and Shaqiri but are they good enough?

‘It can’t be about money for Bale, he needs to go to a team who can win things – the European champions, the team that finished second in the Premier League.’

Zidane publicly criticised Bale during his first spell as Real Madrid manager and appeared to essentially end his career at the Bernabeu last weekend.

Explaining why Bale was left out of Real’s pre-season friendly defeat to Bayern Munich, Zidane said: ‘We hope he leaves soon. ‘It would be best for everyone. We are working on his transfer to a new team.

‘I have nothing personal against him, but there comes a time where things are done because they must be done.’

Zidane added: ‘I have to make decisions. We have to change. The exit is the coach’s decision, and also of the player, who knows the situation.

‘The situation will change, I do not know if in 24 or 48 hours, but it will – and it’s a good thing for everyone.’

In response to Zidane’s comments, Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett told AFP: ‘Zidane is a disgrace – he shows no respect for a player that has done so much for Real Madrid.’

Bale has scored 102 goals in 231 appearances for Real Madrid since signing from Tottenham six years ago.