Gareth Bale has never asked to leave Real Madrid, says boss Zinedine Zidane
Wales forward Gareth Bale has never talked about leaving Real Madrid, says Real boss Zinedine Zidane.
Bale, 30, was set to join Jiangsu Suning in the summer, but the deal collapsed when Real wanted the Chinese club to pay a transfer fee.
Since then, Bale has played seven club games in 2019-20, scoring two goals.
"If he can train, he trains and if he can play, he plays. In fact, he's played a lot of games - he's never talked about leaving," said Zidane.
"Bale is a player who puts in a lot of effort and trains well. He's important for this squad and for the club.
"There's a lot of talk and a lot of things said. When he's ready and 100%, we'll see. He's focused on playing well for the team."
Real paid a then-world record of £85.3m to sign Bale from Tottenham in September 2013.
In his time at the Bernabeu, Real have won the Champions League four times, the Club World Cup three times, and the Uefa Super Cup three times, as well as La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Supercopa de Espana.
However, after he was left out of Real's 3-1 pre-season defeat by Bayern Munich, Zidane said Bale leaving the club would be "best for everyone", before the three-year China deal was cancelled.
On Monday, it was reported that Bale, who is currently injured, had flown to London to meet his agent, but Zidane insisted he had been allowed to travel to England.
"He went to London on a personal matter and with the permission of the club. He talked to the club because he has a right to personal things," added Zidane.
"It's a very simple matter. He asked the club for permission and the club gave it to him.
"He stayed in the summer and it's better for everyone. He's here and he's happy to be here."