sport news Gareth Bale will always be important to - boss

Zinedine Zidane insists Gareth Bale 'will always be important' to , despite leaving him out of three of the last four matches.

Bale was again omitted for Wednesday's 3-1 La Liga win at Leganes, coming on for only the final 14 minutes.

Reports in Spain claimed after the game that Bale has 'run out of credit' at the Bernabeu and the European champions will try to offload him this summer.

Forward Gareth Bale is said to be on his way out of Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain

Forward Gareth Bale is said to be on his way out of , according to reports in Spain

But Zidane, speaking ahead of Saturday's home league game against Alaves, said: 'He will always be important in the team and is in the process of getting himself right.

'A player always misses out, I am not thinking of one or two but all the players.

'I know that some players are not of interest to you but there are those that train each day, hardly ever play and I am interested in them.

'I see Bale like all of them and I count on all of them. The important thing is that they train well and focused. I want him to be 100 per cent and I do not want to lose him again.

'A lot of things are important and there is a lot also under the surface, but I am sure that he will go on to play an important role.'

Bale has had another injury-hit campaign in the Spanish capital, missing two months in the autumn with a calf problem.

But Zinedine Zidane has insisted the Wales international 'will always be important' to the club

But Zinedine Zidane has insisted the Wales international 'will always be important' to the club

The 28-year-old has still scored nine goals this term, but he has struggled to make an impact in recent weeks and not been on the scoresheet in his last

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