Aug 27, 2017 at 9.15pm UK at ​Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Attendance: 65,107
Real Madrid
2-2
Valencia
Asensio (10', 83')
Nacho (53'), Casemiro (60'), Carvajal (72'), Kovacic (85')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Soler (18'), Kondogbia (77')
Montoya (49'), Parejo (67'), Rodrigo (81'), Soler (84'), Zaza (93')

Zinedine Zidane: 'We rely on Gareth Bale'

Zinedine Zidane: 'We rely on Gareth Bale'
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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insists that Gareth Bale is still a key part of his plans at the Bernabeu, despite more speculation surrounding the Welshman.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has insisted that Gareth Bale is still a key part of his plans at the Bernabeu.

Bale was jeered by sections of the Real Madrid support during Sunday night's La Liga clash with Valencia, with the Welshman struggling to make an impact before being substituted with the score still at 1-1.

The emergence of Marco Asensio has led to pressure on Bale, and it has been reported that Manchester United could make a late move for the Welshman before the end of the month.

Zidane, however, has said that his team still "rely" on the 28-year-old.

"He's a key player in the squad," Zidane told reporters. "Gareth is Gareth. We keep working hard and we rely on Gareth, just as is the case with the other players.

"Gareth's situation is good. He had scoring opportunities but did not convert them. We're going to keep working on this. I can't criticise my players, quite the contrary. I'm very happy with their work."

Bale has scored 68 goals in 154 appearances for Real Madrid since moving to the Bernabeu from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2013.

Gareth Bale during the Champions League match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid on May 28, 2016
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