KEY POINTS

  • Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane addressed Gareth Bale's loan transfer to Tottenham
  • Zidane said Bale's situation at Madrid was more complicated than it appeared
  • The renowned manager insisted that he and Bale "didn't have any problems" despite rumors of a rift

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has set the record straight regarding some details involving Gareth Bale's loan transfer to Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham confirmed Saturday, Sept. 19, that Bale has returned to the Premier League on a season-long loan. Prior to his move to England, his future at Madrid appeared uncertain after the 31-year-old made only one appearance in the La Liga champion’s final 10 league games of the 2019-20 season, along with rumors of a rift with the club's manager.

However, Zidane revealed in a pre-match press conference on Saturday, Sept. 19, that he and Bale "didn't have any problems between" them, Marca reported.

The renowned manager said he is not bothered despite the fingers being pointed at him over Bale’s exit. The Frenchman insisted that the star winger’s situation at Madrid is far more complicated than what has been publicized.

"I'm not annoyed that people are blaming me for his departure because it's not like that," the coach ahead of Madrid’s opening match of the 2020-21 La Liga season against Real Sociedad. "The matter is more complicated than that.”

Zidane said that he hasn't spoken to Bale, who joined Madrid in a record-breaking £85 million ($109 million) deal in 2013, but wished him "the best" for his Tottenham comeback.

"No one is going to take away what he's done at Real Madrid," he said, adding, "What he's done here has been phenomenal - you can't dispute that because he's won a lot and shown his quality."

"The important thing is what the player wants to do - my opinion remains the same," Zidane explained. "We've done things together, with the club and the player. Will it be a weight off my mind? No, because it was never a weight. I never had a problem with him."

Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale urges prudence before any return to football action Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale urges prudence before any return to football action Photo: AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU

As for Bale’s move,  Zidane said some details have yet to be finalized.

"For now, Bale is one of our players," he emphasized. "The matter still has to be finalized. We're not going to talk about things that don't make sense."

Another Real Madrid star also recently joined Tottenham, but unlike Bale, Sergio Reguilon signed with the Spurs on a permanent five-year deal. However, Zidane refused to elaborate more about Reguilon’s case and just wished him the best with his new club.

Reguilon and Bale are already in England, arriving Friday, Sept. 18, via Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy's private jet, Sky Sports reported.

Zinedine Zidane Zinedine Zidane has resigned as Real Madrid manager. In this picture, Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane gives a press conference to announce his resignation in Madrid, May 31, 2018 Photo: PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images