Zinedine Zidane confirms Gareth Bale's future


Real Madrid's Gareth Bale in action during the La Liga match with Celta Vigo at Balaidos in Vigo August 17, 2019. We suffered to get the result.

"Pre-season was not easy for us, there were games in which we did not play well, but we knew we doing things right", Courtois said.

The performance was a defiant response from Zinedine Zidane's side after a nightmarish last campaign on all fronts in which the club went through three managers, as well as a poor preseason campaign which provided two wins from seven games. "We tried not to be affected by all that and just focused on getting in the best form possible and we completely deserved today's result".

He was not part of Zidane's plans and his selection in the match was aided by Eden Hazard's thigh injury which made him unavailable for selection.

"Gareth and everyone else here is going to show this shirt the respect it deserves", he added.

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In the middle of the park, there is no looking past the trio of Luka Modric, Casemiro and Toni Kroos, each of whom will be hoping to improve after their underwhelming displays last term.

With a superb change of pace down the left flank, the Welshman, 30, created Real's opening goal for Karim Benzema.

The Belgian said: "He is an important player and played a great match". "I'd have liked to have him, but we didn't".

Madrid's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois also praised Bale saying, "We weren't surprised at all when Bale was named in the team because the boss counts on every single player and then decides the starting 11".

"Vinicius and Gareth did well defensively, and did Lucas [Vazquez] and Isco later".

Asked if Modric being suspended for next Saturday's La Liga game at home to Valladolid makes it clear the team needs an extra midfielder, Zidane thought for a moment before answering.