Impressive Bale set for another season at Real

Sports | REUTERS 19 Aug 2019

Coach Zinedine Zidane said Gareth Bale will remain at Real Madrid this season after the Wales forward produced an inspiring performance in a 3-1 win at Celta Vigo.

Bale created Madrid's opening goal, scored by Karim Benzema, and was a constant threat to Celta. He also helped in defense.

Toni Kroos stretched Real's lead with a superb strike after Luka Modric had been sent off, while Lucas Vazquez added a third.

Bale was not expected to stay in Madrid after a pre-season standoff with Zidane. But with forward Marco Asensio and new arrival Eden Hazard injured, Bale's chances of having a place were boosted.

Zidane claimed he had always intended to pick Bale against Celta and added the forward would not leave the club any time soon.

"He's going to stay," Zidane said. "The injury to Hazard was bad luck but didn't change the plans we had for Bale in this game. Gareth and everyone else is going to show this shirt the respect it deserves."

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