Did Zinedine Zidane gave a hint about Gareth Bale's future?
Welsh footballer Gareth Bale played a fine role as Real Madrid registered a 3-1 win over Celta Vigo on Saturday. Following the win, manager Zinedine Zidane almost confirmed that Gareth Bale is going nowhere and would stay with Los Blancos this season. With the Spanish transfer window closing on September 2, Zidane is confident that Bale is not leaving Real Madrid. Here is more.
Madrid see through Celta despite Luka Modric's red card
Speaking of the match, it was a commendable performance by Madrid, as they drubbed Celta 3-1, despite a red card for Luka Modric. Bale assisted Karim Benzema to score the opener in the 12th minute, followed by a couple more from Toni Kroos and Lucas Vázquez in the 61st and 80th minute, respectively. Celta came up with a consolation goal in the 91st minute.
"He [Bale] is going stay"
"We have spoken about it two or three times before, that he [Bale] is going to stay. All the players we have now we are thinking will be here for the season," Zidane said following the match.
Hazard's injury did not change the mindset: Zidane
Commenting further on Bale, Zidane said that their focus was to perform this season and nothing else. He added that while Eden Hazard's injury came as a shock to all, it hardly affected the mindset they had for Bale. "Gareth, James [Rodriguez] and all the players here are going to defend this shirt," continued Zidane, as reported by The Sun.
Zidane happy with win, applauds Bale's effort
Zidane expressed his complete satisfaction following the win, as he asserted that his side played well throughout the match and it wasn't easy to win so convincingly at Celta. Asides, he also praised efforts of his players, especially Bale and Vinicius. "I salute the effort of all the players, the defensive work of Gareth and Vinicius (Junior) was very important," he added.
Bale expresses delight following commendable win over Celta
Bale's stats confirm he should stay put at Madrid
Although there is still some time before the Spanish transfer window closes, Bale has strong performance to show at Madrid. Till date, he has scored 102 goals in 232 matches for Madrid. Moreover, the author feels that with Zidane back in charge, spending time under him could give him the platform again that he missed last season.