Gareth Bale has arguably had the toughest season of his career at Real Madrid this term.

While the Welshman has still performed well when given opportunities and found the back of the net 14 times so far this season, he has had issues off the field.

The 29-year-old’s attitude has been questioned by parts of the Spanish press and he has even been jeered off by his own supporters on a couple of occasions.

If reports are to be believed this is likely to be Bale’s last season with the Los Blancos, as the pacey winger has been linked with a return to the Premier League, with both Spurs and Man Utd being touted as possible destinations.

Now Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has insisted that the Welshman remains an important part of his side and that no one can take away what he has achieved at the club.

However, the 46-year-old refused to confirm if Bale will still be at the Spanish capital next season.

According to talkSPORT, Zidane said, “Gareth is an important member of the squad. We know what he has done here, even in Champions League finals.

“Nobody can take away what he has done. We know he can bring a lot to the team, and we will count on him.

“We are going to play these 10 games [the last 10 of the season], and then we will see. That does not mean that, afterwards, there will be changes.”

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