Gareth Bale is not unhappy at Real Madrid insists Zinedine Zidane

Former club Tottenham and Jose Mourinho's Manchester United have been linked with a possible move for Bale this summer

Saturday 17 March 2018 14:42
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Gareth Bale has been linked with a move back to the Premier League
Gareth Bale has been linked with a move back to the Premier League

Zinedine Zidane has dismissed the suggestion that Gareth Bale may be unhappy at Real Madrid.

The Welshman was a then world-record acquisition from Tottenham when he moved to the Bernabeu in 2013 but almost five years later questions are being asked about his future in Spain.

His former club Tottenham and Jose Mourinho's Manchester United have been linked with a possible move for Bale, whose injury troubles have seen his game time restricted this season and last.

Zidane, who himself was once the world's most expensive player when he moved in 2001 to Madrid from Juventus, scotched talk of Bale being disenchanted.

"Bale is not a sad player at Real Madrid," he said. "Everyone can have their opinion, but I believe he is here and happy to be at this club. He has shown he is an important player in this team."

Persistent speculation that Madrid will move for Paris St Germain's Neymar in the summer continues to follow Zidane around.

Ahead of Sunday's LaLiga clash with Girona, more questions about the Brazilian came the coach's way in his preview press conference.

Despite attempting to duck the issue he reasoned there was no reason a player of Neymar's quality should not fit into the Madrid set-up, where the BBC attacking trident of Karim Benzema, Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo appears vulnerable to breaking up this summer.

"Good players can perform in any team and any position. They are compatible. What the club does will always depend on factors like this," Zidane said, according to Marca.

Bale has endured a difficult season thus far

Zidane also said of Neymar: "People can say what they want, what the players say and what I say is always the same, that he is a good player but not ours."

Madrid know the league has gone this year, with Barcelona streaking clear at the top of the table and still unbeaten after 28 games. The target on the domestic front is second place, and Zidane's side trailed Atletico Madrid by seven points heading into the weekend.

"It's a very important goal," Zidane added.​

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