Gareth Bale spoke to the media ahead of playing for Wales in Euro 2020 qualifiers. The Welshman was told to leave Real Madrid by coach Zinedine Zidane but did not and now appears a key player again for Los Blancos. He has not forgotten what the coach wanted him to do this summer.
“Coming back to pre-season, I just kept my head down and worked hard in training. I feel good, probably stronger than ever at the moment,” said Bale.
“The things that happened will stay private with the club. If you want answers, maybe you need to ask Real Madrid.
“I have kept my head down, kept grinding through everything.
“I had a good pre-season in terms of training – not so much in games – then started the season well. Things in football, I know, can turn quickly. It’s a matter of time always.
“I don’t think mentally it affected me at all, but maybe not playing for four, five, six weeks coming into those games, physically, I wasn’t where I wanted to be.
“It was a bit frustrating, but those games are over now and we have to forget about them and look to the future.”