After a woeful season by their standards, Real look set for an overhaul under Zidane, with Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic already set to join in the summer as part of the rebuilding process.
With Eden Hazard and possibly Paul Pogba also targets, Bale could well be the big name to leave the Santiago Bernabeu with the 29-year-old enduring a strained relationship with both his new manager and the club's fans despite his trophy-laden spell in the Spanish capital.
Bale headed straight down the tunnel after being an unused substitute during a 2-0 defeat in Real's closing league game, and if that didn't send out a signal that he was not wanted then Zidane's post-match comments surely did.
"I don't know if it's the last game or not. I don't know what's going to happen," said Zidane. "I'm sorry he didn't get to play, but no-one knows what will happen. If I think a player doesn't fit in the team I have to do what I think works best.
"No one can change what Bale has done for the team, but as a coach I have to live in the present. I have counted on other players more in recent weeks."