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Zidane keeps options open for outcasts at Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane has offered a way back for Gareth Bale, Isco and Marcelo at Real Madrid as he prepares for his first game against Celta Vigo on Saturday since being re-appointed as coach. Bale, Isco and Marcelo have all endured difficult seasons under Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari, with Bale heavily criticised for his form while Isco and Marcelo have been dropped. Zidane s return puts Bale s future in further doubt, given the pair s relationship became strained last season, before the Welshman said he was considering his future at the club. I am not going to talk about Bale s season, I only talk about the 11 games we have left, Zidane said on Friday. We all know the player that Gareth is. I am counting on him like everyone else, we are ready and Gareth is ready. Whether Zidane s words come with a place for Bale in his first starting line-up at the Santiago Bernabeu remains to be seen, as Madrid look to rebuild following a turbulent few months. Isco never started a single La .

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