“He will give us a lot from here until the end of the season”: Zinedine Zidane says Real Madrid will continue to count on Gareth Bale for the remaining months of the campaign
- Real Madrid beat Osasuna on Sunday 4-1 at El Sadar Stadium in La Liga
- Gareth Bale started the match, his first league match in more than a month
- Welshman has largely played a role this season with injuries affecting him
- Zinedine Zidane expects that he will play a major role for the rest of the season
Zinedine Zidane says that Real Madrid will count on Gareth Bale during the final months of the season after the Welshman started in the 4-1 win over Osasuna.
The former Tottenham attacker played 71 minutes and was involved with Isco’s leveler in his first LaLiga performance since January 4.
Further goals from Sergio Ramos, Lucas Vazquez and Luka Jovic extended Real’s lead at the top of the table above Barcelona.
Gareth Bale shakes hands with Zinedine Zidane after being replaced by Osasuna
Bale has largely played a role this season with injuries that hit him and constantly talk about a tense relationship with his head coach.
“He’s an important player,” Zidane told Marca at a press conference. “He has done 65 good minutes offensive and defensive, he has tried and he is an important player.
“The problem is that they want us to have a problem with Gareth, but we don’t have that.
“There are many players, it is not easy to manage all of them, but in the end he is a very important player and little by little he will continue to play like the others.”
Although in recent transfer windows, Bale is strongly linked to a relocation of the Bernabeu, his agent Jonathan Barnett hinted that the 30-year-old will arrange the rest of his contract with Real.
Bale was on the pitch for 71 minutes in his first league match in more than a month
Zidane has sometimes used the Welshman sparingly, so that he has disappeared from the recent derby with Atletico Madrid for tactical reasons.
He also missed Thursday’s 4-3 home defeat against Real Sociedad in the Copa del Rey, but with a number of important games coming up, including the Champions League final-16 draw with Manchester City, the former Southampton player is required.
Madrid boss Zidane added: ‘He is doing well, he has given everything in attack and defense.
“He was a bit short physically, hence the change. He will give us a lot until the end of the season. We will count on him. “
Madrid’s convincing victory on Sunday saw them strengthen their place at the top of La Liga
Isco was impressed in Pamplona while substitute Jovic scored his second goal for Madrid since his summer move.
“You can tell him many things, but if he doesn’t score a goal, he’s not happy,” said Zidane about Jovic, ex-Eintracht Frankfurt. “He needs to improve, but I’m happy for his goal.”
Osasuna supporters may have dreamed of a shock when they took an early lead, but Madrid fought back to level via Isco before Ramos went home in the 38th minute.
It remained 2-1 for a long time until substitute Vazquez added a third with six minutes to go and another sub Jovic shot home in stoppage time.