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Bale to stay after helping Madrid to win at Celta - Zidane

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Bale to stay after helping Madrid to win at Celta - Zidane
Zidane says Bale will stay at Real Madrid
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VIDEO SHOWS: REAL MADRID MANAGER ZINEDINE ZIDANE'S PRESS CONFERENCE AFTER HIS SIDE'S 3-1 VICTORY AT CELTA VIGO IN THEIR LA LIGA OPENER SHOWS: VIGO, SPAIN (AUGUST 17, 2019) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 1.

STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF REAL MADRID PLAYERS, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT, ODRIOZOLA, TONI KROOS, GARETH BALE, KARIM BENZEMA AND LUKA MODRIC WARMING UP BEFORE THEIR OPENING LA LIGA FIXTURE AWAY TO CELTA VIGO 2.

STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF REAL MADRID MANAGER ZINEDINE ZIDANE DURING THE MATCH VIGO, SPAIN (AUGUST 17, 2019) (LA LIGA/MEDIAPRO - NEWS USE ONLY) 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID MANAGER, ZINEDINE ZIDANE, SAYING: "We spoke (Zidane and Gareth Bale) ahead of the game.

I've said two or three times that he's going to stay and all the players that we have are only thinking about the season ahead.

I think the way Gareth (Bale) played and the way everybody played was really good.

Now we have to focus solely on the season.

He and everybody is thinking about staying here and to having a good season." VIGO, SPAIN (AUGUST 17, 2019) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 4.

STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF BALE PASSING THE BALL 5.

STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF BALE TAKING A SHOT VIGO, SPAIN (AUGUST 17, 2019) (LA LIGA/MEDIAPRO - NEWS USE ONLY) 6.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID MANAGER, ZINEDINE ZIDANE, SAYING: "The injury to Hazard (Eden) is what it is.

It's bad luck for us.

I would have liked to have Eden Hazard available today but it wasn't to be.

From there we put in another player, starting with Gareth (Bale) up top with Karim (Benzema).

I think it was a good game for everybody." VIGO, SPAIN (AUGUST 17, 2019) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 7.

STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF ZIDANE CONGRATULATING KROOS AFTER THE MATCH STORY: 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 on Saturday (August 17) after a summer of uncertainty.

Bale created Madrid's opening goal, which was scored by Karim Benzema, with a superb change of pace down the left wing and was a constant threat to Celta while he also contributed to Madrid's defensive work.

Toni Kroos later stretched the visitors' lead with a superb strike after Luka Modric had been sent off for Madrid, while Lucas Vazquez added a third later on.

Bale was not expected to stay in the Spanish capital this season after a tense stand-off with Zidane during pre-season, with the coach openly stating Bale was set to leave and even remarking: "If he leaves tomorrow, all the better." He was reported to be on the verge of signing for Chinese club Jiangsu Suning in July but the move was called off and his chances of holding down a place in the team increased after fellow forward Marco Asensio sustained a serious knee injury.

When new arrival Eden Hazard was ruled out for three weeks after picking up a muscle problem on Friday, it again boosted Bale's chances of playing.

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

(Production: Stefan Haskins)



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