Manchester United eyeing surprise swap deal with Real Madrid

18 April, 2018, 00:54 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Gareth Bale

Zinedine Zidane insists he has no problem with Gareth Bale despite substituting him at half-time during Real Madrid's Champions League clash against Juventus last week.

The controversy over Michael Oliver's decision to award the penalty to Cristiano Ronaldo that decided the tie, and the red card shown to Gianluigi Buffon for his protests, has continued to rumble on.

"We will do our job, and the referee will do his job", Zidane said. "Of course he'd love to score and he's had opportunities to do so", Zidane said, according to FourFourTwo.

"We took back third place, but we have a chance tomorrow at home to get closer to the second position, which we will try to do with a good game".

His side trail second-placed rivals Atletico Madrid by four points with six games to play in La Liga, and have only finished outside the top two once since 2004.

"The most important for us is to recover second place", he said.

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Bale was then not included in the squad for Sundays 2-1 win over Malaga in La Liga but Real insisted the plan had always been to rest players for the match.

Zidane denied that Bale and Benzema are upset at no longer being automatic picks, while suggesting both needed to contribute more to start against Bayern.

"I think like any player he will be disappointed he's not had as much playing time in the last few weeks following Alexis Sanchez's arrival at the club".

"It always happens in a team where you have some players on good form and that is what happening at the minute".

The 30-year-old has managed to score only nine goals in 38 games across all competitions this season, while providing 11 assists. "When we got him, I thought the same thing and as far as I'm concerned, I mean no!" the president further added.

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