In what is an apparent U-turn following the events of the summer, Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that winger, Gareth Bale will remain at the Bernabeu after the Welshman helped the Los Blancos beat Celta Vigo 3-1 in their La Liga opener.
Bale was at the heart of things for Madrid on the left-wing, creating their first goal for Karim Benzema while generally also impressing with his defensive work. Toni Kroos and Lucas Vazquez scored later on to give them an easy victory, despite losing Luka Modric who received a red card.
Gareth Bale has either scored or assisted Real Madrid's first LaLiga goal of the season in each of the three campaigns Zinedine Zidane's has begun as manager:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 17, 2019
2016-17: ⚽️ vs. Sociedad
2017-18: ⚽️ vs.Deportivo
2019-20: 🅰️ vs. Celta Vigo
Bale's future at the club was a subject of uncertainty throughout the summer, with Zidane confirming that he wanted to sell him, though Eden Hazard's injury now means that the Welshman will have a big role to play, atleast in the opening few weeks.
“He’s going to stay and we all have to think of that as a positive thing. We have to focus on this season and nothing else. The injury to Hazard was bad luck for us but it didn’t change the plans we had for Bale in this game. Gareth and everyone else here is going to show this shirt the respect it deserves," Zidane said to Reuters post the game.
It will be interesting to see how Bale's situation at the club unfolds when Hazard is back to full fitness.