Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has admitted that Gareth Bale is unhappy after having been left out of the team in recent weeks.
The Welshman has had a number of injuries that have blighted his career during his time at the Bernabeu, and despite recently returning to fitness, he has struggled for game time.
The winger was left out or Real Madrid’s recent Champions League tie against Juventus, and could be set to miss out of the Madrid derby today, something Zidane knows is frustrating the player:
“I understand that he is not in a good mood, that’s normal,” Zidane said.
“Players want to play in every game. We know what a good player he is and what he has done.
“I have to take decisions but if he doesn’t play two games it doesn’t mean anything. I still think he’s an important player.”
Bale has only started half of Real Madrid’s 30 League games this season, and has scored just 11 times, including a brace against Las Palmas at the end of last month.
He has been linked with a return to the Premier League, with Manchester United and Tottenham both interested, but despite his frustrations, Zidane is confident of keeping Bale at the Bernabeu past the summer:
“My sensation is that he will stay but I don’t know everything that will happen,” Zidane added.
“He won’t lose any motivation, he’s like the rest of the squad. It’s my job to try and make sure he plays as well as always.
“He’s an important player but others played against Juventus and did very well. That’s football.”