Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane claims that he wants Gareth Bale to stay at the club for the remainder of the 2019/20 season.
The Wales international was deemed to be surplus to requirements in the Spanish capital during the summer and was on the brink of moving to the Chinese Super League, only for a deal to fall apart in the eleventh hour.
It’s been suggested that Bale could be on the move once the the transfer market opens in January, but Real Madrid boss Zidane has stressed that he wants the 30-year-old to stay at the Santiago Bernabéu for the remainder of the season.
“I want Gareth to stay here until the end of the season,” Zidane said, as quoted by Marca. “People keep saying that I want him to leave in January, it’s nonsense.
“We have a good relationship and say ‘good day’ every day and I truly love all my players.
“[The media] need to stop always saying the same thing or asking me about him leaving matches early, because I used to do the same.
“There are closer relationships with certain players, but the important thing is that he was with the team before the match and at half time to support them.
“You look for things that aren’t there.
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