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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane makes Gareth Bale U-turn in stern statement | Football | Sport

Gareth Bale and Zinedine Zidane have been embroiled in a very public spat ever since the Frenchman returned as Real Madrid boss.

Zidane had made it abundantly clear that he wanted Bale to leave but has now admitted the forward could still feature for the club this season.

James Rodriguez, another player that Real Madrid were looking to sell, also looks set to stay at the club after a two-year loan spell with Bayern Munich.

Following Madrid’s friendly with Roma, Zidane said: “James and Bale are players of the squad.

“They are both registered, but anything can happen and I, as a coach of Real Madrid, must count on them.

“I count on them 100 per cent. 

“James has not been summoned [to the squad recently], but this can change. 

“Even before the end of the transfer window, everything can happen.”

Bale featured for 29 minutes against Roma after coming off the bench and even scored in the penalty shootout after the game ended 2-2.

Ultimately Madrid lost 5-4 on penalties but Bale’s appearance on the field indicates that he will still play a part for Los Blancos, despite his manager’s public insistence that he would be sold.

Just last month Zidane said: “We hope he [Bale] leaves soon. It would be best for everyone. We are working on his transfer to a new team.

“I have nothing personal against him, but there comes a time where things are done because they must be done.”

Bale had been linked with a switch to the Chinese Super League which would have seen him earn over £1million per week, however, Real seemingly pulled the plug on the deal.

His agent Jonathan Barnett has also insisted that the 30-year-old would not leave on loan.

“There will be no makeshift deals to get him out of the club,” Barnett said.

“Gareth is one of the best players on the planet. I can guarantee you he will not be going on loan to any club.”

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