- Gareth Bale earned his teammates' praises after helping them beat Celta Vigo 3-1
- Casemiro and Courtois said the Welshman is important for Los Blancos
- Zidane also admits that the presence of the forward is good for the team
Real Madrid players have thrown their weight behind out of favour star Gareth Bale after helping them beat Celta Vigo 3-1 in their opening La Liga fixture.
The Welshman provided assist for Karim Benzema's opening goal just after 12th minute of the encounter at Municipal de Balaidos.
Meanwhile, the forward who was earlier this summer linked with a whopping £1 million-a-week move to China has now received the backing of his teammates as the season progresses.
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After the match, Casemiro and Thibaut Courtois sent clear message to their manager over what the dressing room thinks about the ex-Tottenham star.
Casemiro said: “He has given us titles, he's scored in finals and he has a lot of respect from us all. He has to play. He's a great player and is very important for us.”
Former Chelsea goalkeeper also said: "He is an important player and played a great match. Everyone loves him and it is important that he plays for us. We are so happy with Bale.”
Zinedine Zidane after the match admitted that Hazard's injury was a blow on his plan but insisted that Bale's presence will play crucial role in the team.
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The Frenchman said: "He is going to stay. We have to focus on this season, nothing else. [Eden] Hazard's injury is bad luck for us, but it has not changed the idea we had for Bale in this game.
"Gareth, James [Rodriguez] and all the players here are going to defend this shirt.”
Legit.ng earlier reported that Real Madrid beat Celta Vigo 3-1 in their La Liga opener over the weekend at Abanca-Balaídos.
A goal each from Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Lucas Vazquez handed Los Blancos first victory of the season.
Meanwhile, Iker Losada's late minute strike ended up as mere consolation after regulation period.
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