By Press Association Sport Staff
Published: 18:36 GMT, 15 March 2019 | Updated: 18:36 GMT, 15 March 2019
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has described Gareth Bale as 'ready to play' and a player he is going to 'count on.'
Zidane on Monday returned to Real, succeeding the sacked Santiago Solari, less than 10 months after stepping down as manager, and the first game of the Frenchman's second spell in charge is the LaLiga home clash with Celta Vigo on Saturday.
The final one of his previous stint was last season's Champions League final against Liverpool, which saw him guide Real to the trophy for a third successive year.
Zinedine Zidane has assured Gareth Bale he has a key role to play for Real Madrid this season
Bale was left out of the starting line-up for that match before coming on and scoring twice, including a spectacular overhead kick.
While Zidane's return has been seen as casting major doubt over the player's future, the Welshman's agent Jonathan Barnett has told the BBC Bale is 'very happy at the moment', adding: 'He wants to play all his career for Real Madrid and if it does not work out, we will talk again.
'He will talk with Mr Zidane, take it from there and then see at the end of the season.'
Zidane was quoted by Marca as saying on Friday: 'I'm not going to speak about Bale's season up to this point. There are 11 matches left to play and I'm going to count on him.
'I'm going to repeat myself a lot here, but Gareth is