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Zinedine Zidane: 'Gareth Bale always important for Real Madrid'

Zidane: 'Bale always important for Madrid'
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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane insists that Gareth Bale is a key part of the team, despite no longer being an automatic starter for Los Blancos.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has insisted that Gareth Bale is a key part of the team, despite no longer being an automatic starter for Los Blancos.

The Welshman has started on the substitutes' bench for games against Paris Saint-Germain, Real Sociedad and Leganes in February, with Zidane claiming that Bale is still working his way back to full fitness.

The French boss, who has dismissed reports of a lack of faith in Bale, has said that he is only focused on keeping the forward fit for the rest of the season.

"He will always be important in the team and is in the process of getting himself right," Zidane told reporters at a press conference. "A player always misses out, I am not thinking of one or two but all the players.

"I know that some players are not of interest to you but there are those that train each day, hardly ever play and I am interested in them. I see Bale like all of them and I count on all of them.

"The important thing is that they train well and focused. I want him to be 100% and I do not want to lose him again. A lot of things are important and there is a lot also under the surface but I am sure that he will go on to play an important role."

Madrid's next outing is against Alaves in La Liga on Saturday.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona19134253203343
2Atletico MadridAtletico19108127131438
3Sevilla1996431201133
4Real Madrid1910362824433
5AlavesAlaves199552219332
6Getafe197752116528
7Real Betis197572223-126
8Real Sociedad197482322125
9GironaGirona195952123-224
10Espanyol197392127-624
11Valencia1941141717023
12Levante196583035-523
13Athletic Bilbao1941052025-522
14EibarEibar195772128-722
15Leganes195771721-422
16Real Valladolid195771721-422
17Celta Vigo195683132-121
18Rayo Vallecano1954102234-1219
19Villarreal193882025-517
20Huesca1925121736-1911

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