Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has backed Gareth Bale, after the Welshman was criticised for his actions while away on international duty with Wales.
A strained relationship between Bale, his manager and the club as a whole has been reported by many over the past few months and after Wales' 2-0 victory over Hungary which saw them qualify for Euro 2020, Bale was seen celebrating with a flag that read
Bale with this flag tonight:— Football Away Days (@AwayDays_) November 19, 2019
“WALES. GOLF. MADRID. IN THAT ORDER” pic.twitter.com/w0CIYCxWEE
“There’s been a lot of noise about what he did but we need to just focus on football. It’s all got a bit too much,” he said, as quoted by AS
“I believe he can become a decisive player for us again. He’s an important player when he is injury-free; he’s shown that before and he will show it again.”
Los Blancos currently occupy second in La Liga
Big thanks to @ThatChris1209 for doing the lord's work and speaking to @BuzzBoncath & @mrflag about the story behind the 'Wales. Golf. Madrid.' flag that Gareth Bale was carrying last night.— Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) November 20, 2019
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Ahead of these games, Zidane has urged the home supporters to give Bale
“When you see what he’s given to the club and to the fans, those who feel our colours and come to the stadium, you can see he’s one of our own and the fans need to get behind him,” he added.
Despite Zidane's words, it does appear that Bale - who has 104 goals in 238 games for Los Blancos - is destined to leave the Spanish capital in the near future.