Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has revealed Gareth Bale is "a big part of the group" in their preparation to face Paris St-Germain in the Champions League. The Welsh forward received a mixed reception when he came on in Saturday's 3-1 win over Real Sociedad.
It was his first game for the Spanish side in seven weeks and came a few days after he appeared with a 'Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order' flag. "[Bale] wants to be with us and do well and he's done that," Zidane said. "I have said before, we need our fans with us. Talk, talk, talk, it's not necessary. He's a big part of the group and we are together."
Bale's name was ridiculed by supporters when the team was announced before kick-off against Sociedad and he received a similar response when introduced as a substitute after 67 minutes.
The former Tottenham forward, nevertheless, showed some nice touches in front of the home crowd and teammate, Federico Valverde, who scored Real's second goal - praised Bale's commitment to the team. "We are going to support him. I went over to hug him because I respect everything he gives me on a day-to-day basis," Valverde said. "He is a good person, it is impossible not to love him. The fans will end up appreciating him again."