Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has said he “never had a problem” with Gareth Bale, as the Wales forward is set to return to his former club Tottenham Hotspur.
Bale who joined Real for a then world record £85m in 2013, was spotted on Spurs training ground on Friday.
A run of injuries, indifferent form and a reported falling-out with Zidane made the Welshman an outcast in the Spanish La Liga side.
Zidane said he did not speak to Bale before he left for London.
Bale’s signing has not been announced by Spurs yet and on Saturday Zidane said it was “not a done deal”.
“It’s not like that,” Zidane said on Saturday when it was put to him that Bale was leaving because of him. “It’s more complicated. With Bale it’s always about one side against the other. But I’ve never had a problem with Gareth.
“There will always be things that happen. Now he’s making a change, all we can do is wish him the best… These things happen in football, but I’ve always said he was a spectacular player.”
Zidane added: “I know what he has done for this club. He always proved his quality and what he has achieved with the club cannot be argued with.”
Bale, 31, won four Champions League titles, two La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey, three Uefa Super Cups and three Club World Cups with Real and scored more than 100 goals.
He remains the most expensive British player in history as well as the top-scoring British player in La Liga – with 80 goals and 40 assists in 171 league appearances, averaging a goal or assist every 104 minutes.