Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Friday that there is no issue between him and Gareth Bale after he left the Welsh forward out of the starting line-up for both of his side’s Champions League last-16 games against Paris St Germain (PSG), NAN reports.
“It’s not a problem. He knows where he is. He’s an important player and there are other players in the team that are also important,” Zidane told a news conference ahead of his side’s Liga game away to Eibar on Saturday.
The media have pointed out bale was yawning while on the bench in the first leg and did not participate in the team’s celebrations on the pitch after the 3-1 win.
“He doesn’t need to do anything else. He’s at a team where there are many players and many games,”
“He came onto the pitch (in Paris). I have nothing against him. He’s fundamental for us and I’m going to count on him until the end of the season. I have to pick a team every three days and that’s what I do.” added the French coach.
Real are third in the Liga standings, trailing Liga leaders FC Barcelona by a remarkable 15 points in the standings and seven behind city rivals Atletico.