Zinedine Zidane has declared that Gareth Bale will “always be important” to Real Madrid.
The Welsh ace has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu as speculation continues regarding his future.
The French boss has left Bale out of the squad for three of Real Madrid’s last four matches.
He featured for just 14 minutes during the 3-1 victory against Leganes on Wednesday.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s clash against Alaves, Zidane 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 reportedly already knows that Los Blancos are preparing to sell him this summer.
The Spanish source suggested that Manchester United and Tottenham are interested in the Welshman.