​Former​ Los Blancos supremo Ramon Calderon has sensationally claimed that Zinedine Zidane wanted to keep Cristiano Ronaldo and sell Gareth Bale during his first spell in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Zidane has formally announced that Gareth Bale was not present for Real Madrid's clash against Bayern Munich because he was very close to leaving Los Blancos. He said, "We hope he (Bale) leaves soon, it would be best for everyone."

And Calderon insists that a move for Bale would indeed be in the interest of both the player and the club. "It's unsustainable, for sure. For everyone, for the player, for the coach and the club," Calderon told Sky Sports.

Calderon continued by sensationally revealing that Zidane actually wanted Bale out of the club instead of Ronaldo as he said, "Zidane discounted him when he left the club at the beginning of last season - he wanted to keep Cristiano Ronaldo and sell Bale. The president didn't follow that advice, so Zidane left the club."

Further revealing the promise that was made to Zidane when he re-joined Real Madrid, Calderon said, "When he came back two months ago he was promised Bale won't be there in the future. Maybe his comments weren't really appropriate but what he has shown is he's fed up with the situation and the best thing to do is find a solution."

Bale has been tipped to move to China and Calderon suggested that in such a case, a loan move may be a favourable solution for both parties considering clubs will not match Madrid's high valuation of Bale. 

He concluded, "They are talking about Chinese clubs but they have the problem with paying the transfer fee, with their new rules, they have to pay the same money to the federation. That will double the amount for the transfer fee. I think in this case the best solution would be a loan, but nobody is willing to do that."

Meanwhile, in the aftermath of Zidane's direct comments, ​Bale's agent has hit out at the Madrid coach for his behaviour towards the player, calling the Frenchman "a disgrace."