Zinedine Zidane Rejects Criticism Over Real Madrid’s Handling Of Gareth Bale

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Real Madrid sporting director Zinedine Zidane has backed the Spanish giants’ handling of their recent new world-record signing Gareth Bale, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

The Wales international finally completed his long-awaited move to the Santiago Bernabeu last month for a fee of £85m, with Bale agreeing a bumper six-year contract with los Blancos worth a staggering 300,000 euros per week.

However, despite scoring on his Madrid debut against Villarreal in La Liga , the 24-year-old has barely been seen in a Real shirt since after the winger picked up a thigh injury in the warmup before the club’s home league clash with Getafe.

And as a result, it means that despite having been in the Spanish capital since Sept 1, Bale has so far appeared in just three matches in total for Madrid in all competitions, two of which came in La Liga, the last being the club’s disappointing 1-0 loss at the Bernabeu to city-rivals Atletico de Madrid.

But the former Madrid and France international playmaker has rejected recent criticism of the Spanish outfit over their handling of Bale since he first arrived at the club, telling Sport360 in Abu Dhabi: “He’s well integrated at the club and everyone has received him very well.

“He was lacking a bit of physical preparation when he arrived so it has been a bit delicate in the beginning with his physical state.

“The only thing that is lacking with his condition is that he hasn’t trained enough with the rest of the team.

“He has a lot of willpower and has now re-started training. He will be ready.”

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