By Will Griffee For Mailonline
Published: 07:40 BST, 2 September 2019 | Updated: 07:52 BST, 2 September 2019
The icy relationship between Zinedine Zidane and Gareth Bale appears to be thawing.
Having scored twice in the 2-2 draw against Villarreal on Sunday, the Welshman was sent off but was the outstanding performer in his side.
Bale has underlined his importance to the team at the start of this season and Zidane, who wanted to get rid of him this summer, appears to be warming to him.
Gareth Bale scored twice and was sent off in an eventful 2-2 draw with Villarreal on Sunday
After full time the Real boss reflected: 'They were two fouls and two yellow cards. But now to think about a rest. Well, maybe not a rest as he's going with his national team.
'I am happy for his goals and we keep going with the positive things.'
Bale, who was denied a summer switch to China