Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that he intends on keeping Gareth Bale at Real Madrid.
Some reports suggested that the Welshman was considering a Premier League return after being left ‘devastated’ by the sacking of Rafael Benitez.
Following that, inevitable links said Man United ready to capitalise on the situation and were preparing a bid in excess of £75m for the 26-year-old.
Zidane claimed Bale was an important player to the squad and will receive all the support he needs, quashing any prospect he wasn’t part of his plans.
Speaking about Bale, Zidane said: “Gareth was disappointed with the sacking of Rafa because he was an important coach for him but I will treat him the same way Rafa did.
“He is an important player and a key player for the squad.
“He’s phenomenal and we’re going to give him all the care and support he needs.”
A vote of confidence in Bale from Zidane doesn’t come as too much of a surprise given that he is one of Madrid’s biggest names alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.
As I said in a previous article, Madrid are not going to make Zidane’s job harder straight away by getting rid of one of their best players are they?
So, I think any links to Bale this summer are going to be tenuous and a waste of time but that probably won’t stop United, more specifically Ed Woodward, from pursuing him.