Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Gareth Bale is fundamental for Real Madrid says Zidane

Gareth Bale is fundamental for Real Madrid says Zidane

But Blaugrana boss Ernesto Valverde has rejected speculations that Neymar could make a sensational return to Barcelona after a single season with Paris Saint-Germain.

Zidane told a press conference: "Gareth is not lacking anything".

The article adds Neymar has explained he made a mistake in leaving the club, was wrong to want independence from Lionel Messi and has been disappointed by the standard of opposition in Ligue 1.

"There is no problem with him being on the bench - I spoke with him and he knows what it's about". Gareth is doing well but there are other players, too, and there are important games left to play.

"I don't have to say if [criticism of Benzema] is unfair or not", Zidane said.

Madrid are third in the LaLiga standings, trailing leaders Barcelona by a remarkable 15 points and seven behind city rivals Atletico. "The people within that project could change, but the project itself is sound". So today I am a better tactician than Emery?

"It's hard to stay at the top level throughout the course of the season". "We are working day by day to get big things".

"It is a fantasy and we are not going to speak about rumours when we know it would not end here".

This contact reportedly came before PSG's Champions League elimination to Real Madrid this week after a defeat that Neymar missed with a knee injury.

Isco is also in contention for return with Zidane mulling over whether he can afford to hand the talismanic Cristiano Ronaldo a rest after he played a full part in the recent busy spell.

PSG had been one of the early-season favourites to win the Champions League this season following their summer transfer window which saw the arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

"We're in for another tough game at a hard place to go", added Zidane. "We aren't going to talk about suppositions". I have to select a team every three days and that is what I do.

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