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'He is One of us': Zinedine Zidane Defends Gareth Bale Amid Criticism

Gareth Bale and Zinedine Zidane  (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Gareth Bale and Zinedine Zidane (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Gareth Bale has been seen uninterested during Real Madrid game but Zinedine Zidane said his focus was on the club's games.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane was unhappy with a Gareth Bale question put to him during a press conference and he blamed the media for always trying to 'put things' between him and the winger.

Bale has been an unused substitute in Real's last five LaLiga matches and his behaviour, while sitting in the stands during matches, has drawn ire of the fans on social media.

He was seen wearing the facemask on his eyes, pretending to be asleep during a match, while in an another game, he was pictured looking through imaginary binoculars.

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When asked about Bale's behaviour, Zidane told reporters, as per Sky Sports: "My God, what a question, man! We think about tomorrow's game, and Gareth the same. He is one of us. You try to put things between us but you won't be able to.

"Every day you ask the same. You can, you have the right to ask, but everyone here is united. We all think the same way, Gareth, James (Rodriguez), everyone here. We all want the same thing."

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Real Madrid are within touching distance of winning the LaLiga title as they hold a four-point advantage over Clasico rivals Barcelona. Real have accumulated 83 points from 36 matches while Barca have 79 in their kitty.

Real next face Villarreal where a win will clinch them the league title. While they face Leganes in their last LaLiga game of the season.

first published:July 17, 2020, 00:30 IST