Zidane: Bale can get even better

Zinedine Zidane has welcomed Gareth Bale back to the Real Madrid squad, saying that he believes the player’s best is yet to come.

Bale recently overcame an ankle injury and served a two-match suspension for his red card in Madrid’s dramatic 3-3 draw against Las Palmas, meaning that he will be a possible starter for the La Liga leaders’ clash with Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

The Welsh forward has become one of Los Blancos’ star performers since his €100m move from Tottenham four years ago and recently signed a lengthy contract extension with the club.

“Gareth is an important member of the squad,” Zidane told Sky Sports. “We are happy with his return and that he is with us. We know that he can help us.

“He has a lot more to come,” the Madrid legend added. “I retired at 34 and I was still learning at 34 all the time. It’s the beauty of this sport. When you come to Madrid it’s to do something different, learn more or to improve things.

“At 27 years old, he still has his whole life ahead of him to learn and, above all, to make history in this great club. I believe that’s what he wants, to win important trophies – we’re working on it.”

Real are positioned to not only win the La Liga trophy for the first time since 2011/12 but also become the first ever team to defend their Champions League crown, having progressed to the competition’s quarter finals after their comfortable victory over Napoli in the Round of 16.

“We are happy with what we have done up until now. We are top of the league, we are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but we know the importance of the end of the season, which is where everything is decided.