According to former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon, winger Gareth Bale is now wasting his time at the club and the two parties must find a permanent solution to this in the summer.
The 31-year-old was left out of Madrid's Champions League clash with Manchester City on Friday, with manager Zinedine Zidane saying he "preferred not to play".
"It's very sad," Calderon said.
"It's a pity to see a player like him in the stands. I think his skill and talent has not gone, he is still a good player who could be playing at a high level in any team in the world.
"Therefore I think they will have to find a solution to end this agony for the sake of both sides.
"If he doesn't want to reduce his salary, which would be understandable, they will have to find another way to finish this situation."
"The coach does not rely on him," added Calderon, who signed Cristiano Ronaldo during his three-year spell as Real's president.
"If Zidane stays with Real, which I think is certain, then he (Bale) will have to find a new way.
"Apparently he (Zidane) got what he wanted at the end of the season. He said La Liga was the main objective. I am sure he will continue so there is no place unfortunately for Gareth Bale.
"The problem is he has two more years' contract. It's sad to see him wasting his time because he is still for sure fit and in good shape."
Bale has two years to run on his Real contract, which is believed to be worth £600,000 a week.
He started only 14 games in all competitions in the 2019-20 season, and featured on only two occasions after Spanish football resumed in June following the coronavirus shutdown.