LaLiga: Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says he will count on winger Gareth Bale for upcoming season

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane said that he'll be counting on Gareth Bale to deliver in the absence of Eden Hazard and will look to utilise him adequately

Agence France-Presse August 16, 2019 20:31:24 IST
LaLiga: Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says he will count on winger Gareth Bale for upcoming season
  • Zidane was keen for Bale to be sold but Madrid cancelled a deal with Chinese club Jiangsu Suning

  • Bale is also eager to stay at Madrid, where he has a contract until 2022 and is not interested in moving to Paris Saint-Germain

  • Zidane had promised wholesale changes this summer and his first press conference of the season was dominated by questions about the transfer window

Madrid: Zinedine Zidane has admitted Gareth Bale is back in his plans ahead of Real Madrid's opening La Liga game of the season against Celta Vigo on Saturday. Eden Hazard sustained a thigh injury in training on Friday, meaning Bale could even start against Celta following a turbulent summer for the Welshman.

Zidane was keen for Bale to be sold but Madrid cancelled a deal with Chinese club Jiangsu Suning while the winger's salary of around 18 million euros a year ($19.9 million) has proven too high for other interested clubs.

LaLiga Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says he will count on winger Gareth Bale for upcoming season

Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid have spent more than 300 million euros in the summer transfer window. Reuters

Bale is also eager to stay at Madrid, where he has a contract until 2022 and is not interested in moving to Paris Saint-Germain, despite suggestions he could be included in a bid for Neymar. "It looked like he was leaving and now he's here with us, that's it," Zidane said.

"The dynamic changes and things change and now I'm going to count on him like everyone else. I said it a short time ago, I'm going to count on all the players that are here." Zidane had left Bale out of his squad for three consecutive pre-season friendlies but the 30-year-old returned for the last game against Roma when he came off the bench in the second half.

The transfer window in Spain closes on 2 September. "He has a contract, he's an important player and I hope all the players want to make it difficult for me to pick the team," Zidane added.

Zidane had promised wholesale changes this summer and his first press conference of the season was dominated by questions about the transfer window. He refused to be drawn on a move for Neymar, insisting: "Neymar is not a Real Madrid player. We are interested in the players that are here."

And on the failed attempt to buy Paul Pogba from Manchester United, he said: "Paul is a player for Manchester United and we have to respect that. Here we are thinking about the game tomorrow."

But Madrid's failure to sign Pogba and sell either Bale or James Rodriguez means the club's president Florentino Perez has perhaps not delivered the sort of changes Zidane had hoped for. "It's not about whether it's positive or negative," Zidane said. "I accept what I have. We've talked with the people that have to do those things and it is the games now that interest us."

Zidane said James is fit and ready to be involved against Celta. "He is in shape and I'm glad to have him," Zidane said.

But Hazard is expected to be out for three to four weeks and joins Ferland Mendy, who is recovering from a calf problem, and Marco Asensio, who has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, on the sidelines.

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