Zinedine Zidane has swallowed his words on Gareth Bale after admitting he could leave but has now revealed that he will "count on" the forward this season.
Zidane insisted that Bale could leave the club during pre-season, "We hope he leaves soon. It would be best for everyone. We are working on his transfer to a new team. I have nothing personal against him, but there comes a time where things are done because they must be done."
Speaking in a press conference ahead of their LaLiga opener against Celta de Vigo, Zidane admitted that Bale will be crucial for him this season, "It looked like he was leaving but now he is here and now I'm going to count on him, just like all the other players that are in the squad.
"He has a contract, he's an important player and I hope all the players want to make it difficult for me to pick the team." Bale was expected to join Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning in July.