Gareth Bale seemed on the way to the exit at Real Madrid, but the Welshman has fought back completely and is not allowed to leave by trainer Zinédine Zidane.
Thirty-year-old Bale suddenly had a base place in the duel with Celta de Vigo (1-3 victory), partly due to the injury of Eden Hazard. He was also important with an assist to the opening goal of Karim Benzema.
"Gareth is not allowed to leave", a satisfied Zidane said afterwards. "I am very happy with the way he played, both offensive and defensive."
That was necessary too, because Real was in Vigo ten minutes after halftime with ten men, after Luka Modric received a direct red card. Nevertheless, Real scored twice via Toni Kroos and Lucas Vázquez, after which Iker Losada did something back for the home team.
Afterwards, however, it was mainly about Bale, who made way for Isco fifteen minutes before time. A month ago the unwanted attacker did not even go to a training camp and he seemed to be on his way to China, but it did not come to a transfer.
Trainer Zinédine Zidane was relieved after the difficult victory over Celta de Vigo. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"Everyone loves Bale"
Midfielder Casemiro does not want to lose the Welshman anymore. "He has given us titles, scored in finals and respects everyone in the dressing room. He has to play because he is extremely talented and important for the club."
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois would also like to see the wing continue. "He was great today, everyone loves him. We are very happy that he is still here."
With the win over Celta, Real immediately takes a lead in La Liga over FC Barcelona, which went down 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Friday.
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