Bale backed by his Real Madrid teammates
Once out of favor with Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, Welsh winger Gareth Bale still has the full support of his Real Madrid teammates.
All summer long the 30-year-old former Tottenham wide-man was being linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu.
If his £650,000 per week salary was not an issue he would almost certainly have left.
As things stand at the moment, Zidane appears to realize that he is stuck with Bale and needs to make the most of it.
Rather than just let him rot on the bench, Zidane is going to try and get the Welsh international to perform on the pitch.
Following Real Madrid’s 3-1 season-opening win over Celta Vigo, Casemiro said: “He has given us titles, he’s scored in finals and he has a lot of respect from us all. “He has to play; he’s a great player and is very important for us.”
Former Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois weighed in with his opinion, adding: “He is an important player and played a great match.”
“Everyone loves him and it is important that he plays for us. We are so happy with Bale.”
The fact that Bale started the match up in Galicia was a surprise in itself, never mind the fact the role he played in Karim Benzema’s opening goal.
Zidane even acknowledged the work Bale had put in when he was eventually substituted midway through the second half.
During his post-match interview Zidane told reporters that Gareth Bale leaving was no longer an option.
“He is going to stay. We have to focus on this season, nothing else,” the manager explained.
“Hazard’s injury is bad luck for us, but it has not changed the idea we had for Bale in this game. Gareth, James [Rodriguez] and all the
players here are going to defend this shirt.”
Florentino Perez has complete confidence in Gareth Bale
As Real Madrid fans, we are well aware of how much influence club president Florentino Perez has when it comes to the political goings-on at the club.
Zidane may wield the power on the pitch, but we know that the final say in all matters comes down to Perez.
Spanish sports newspaper Marca is reporting today that Bale met with Perez and told the president, his loyalty to Real Madrid remains 100%.
In response to this, Perez is said to have given Bale his full backing and that he is sure the Welshman has a big role to play.
Now it is all up to Bale to prove he is worthy of the president’s confidence by displaying the hunger and determination he showed against Celta Vigo.
If he can continue to play at that level, he has a great chance of winning the crowd over and showing what it means to play for the greatest club on the planet.