Zidane: I’ve disrespected no one, Bale refused to play

With the last few days dominated by Zinedine Zidane’s comments regarding the future of Gareth Bale, the Real Madrid coach has clarified the situation and insisted he never disrespected anyone.

Los Blancos were beaten 3-1 by Bayern Munich on Saturday and Bale spent the entirety of the match in the stands, not even making it to the Madrid bench, with Zidane then claiming after the game it would be better if the Welshman left the club.

“It’s true that sometimes my Spanish causes mischief, but I want to be clear,” Zidane said.

“First, I have not disrespected anyone, especially a player of ours. I always say the same thing. The players are most important and I will always be with my players.

“Second, I said the club were trying to sell the player, nothing more.

“Thirdly, the other day Gareth didn’t play because he didn’t want to. He said the club was trying to negotiate his departure he and didn’t want to play because of that.

“Now let’s go back to the start. He is a Real Madrid player, nothing has changed.

“He will train normally, and tomorrow is tomorrow so we will see what happens.

“You know the situation and you know what is happening with the club. Gareth is a player in the Real Madrid team.

“That’s the most important thing. I’m not at all uncomfortable working with Bale. I will count on him once more.”

The player who came out of Saturday’s defeat with his head held his was Takefusa Kubo, whose impact had taken Madrid by storm.

“He [Kubo] knows where he is,” Zidane said. “He isn’t afraid to play. He likes to play football.

Rodrygo was another who received plenty of plaudits post Bayern.

“His position is on the right wing,” Zidane went on. “But let’s see.

“The most important thing is to work, and he is doing very well.

“It’s possible he could play on the right against Arsenal.”