Manchester United target Gareth Bale is ‘very important’ to Real Madrid, insists Zidane

source: talksport

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has cast aside rumours that the club are looking to sell Gareth Bale, insisting the Welsh star is a ‘very important’ player for the Spanish giants.

Bale has not played since Madrid’s 3-1 Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund at the end of September, where he was sidelined with a calf injury.

The 28-year-old’s comeback has since been delayed by an adductor muscle injury in his left leg, and he has been heavily linked with a move back to the Premier League throughout his injury absence.

Recent reports in Spain have claimed Madrid chiefs have lost patience with Bale – an £85million signing from Tottenham in 2013 – and his injury record, and that Manchester United are among the front runners to sign him.

But Zidane has made it clear that Bale is a big miss for his team and said he and the club will be patient as they wait for his return.

“I prefer to have Bale with us,” the Los Blancos boss said in a press conference ahead of Saturday’s LaLiga clash against Malaga.

“He offers a lot of strength, he’s very quick, he crosses very well….

“It’s very important for his confidence, we want him with us and to remove all the negative things he has around him.

“We already know what Bale brings – he’s very strong, powerful, technically very good.

“He works hard, and has played great games for this club.

“It’s true there’s a lot of talk about him being very injury-prone, that he plays three games and then gets injured… but he’s very important for us, he knows it, I know it and all the world knows it.

“The important thing at the moment is he gets himself right. I don’t know when he’ll return to action, he trained today, he’s good, without issues, but we’ll see when he’s back playing.”

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