After the arrival of Zinedine Zidane as manager of Real Madrid, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez have been on the verge of an exit from the club.
However, the players are still at Madrid and there have been questions about their commitment. Bale was in fact stopped from joining a Chinese team. Their team-mate Nacho has now revealed what the situation is.
“I won’t doubt the professionalism of two players who have always given everything while wearing our shirt,” he said.
“If they’ve gone away with their national teams then it’s because they’re now able to play.
“We hope they don’t get injured with their national teams and that they’re 100 per cent fit when back with us.
“Gareth is a strong person and it seems he’ll be criticised by the press no matter what he does. You have to be very strong mentally in his situation.
“I’m not sure if he’s being unfairly treated, but it seems he’s always under the microscope no matter what.
“He has the support of his teammates and the coaching staff. I hope he has good matches with his country now and that he returns feeling at his best.”