Zinedine Zidane indicated Gareth Bale will stay at Real Madrid after the Welshman starred in a 3-1 victory over Celta Vigo on Saturday.
Bale was back in the team and back in form at Balaidos, with Zidane’s eagerness to sell him this summer perhaps fresh in his mind as he teed up Karim Benzema’s opening goal.
After the match, Zidane said he believes Bale will now stay, with the Spanish transfer window closing on September 2.
“We have spoken about it two or three times before, that he is going stay,” Zidane said. “All the players we have now we are thinking will be here for the season.”
Celta saw a potential equaliser chalked off before halftime and Luka Modric was sent off 11 minutes after, only for a stunning 30-yard shot from Toni Kroos to put Madrid back in control.
Lucas Vazquez added a delicious third, at the end of a silky passing move, to leave Zidane satisfied and full of praise for his team.
“I am a satisfied customer,” said Zidane. “We played a complete match from the beginning. Not many teams will come here and win like this.”