But the winger wants to stay and, on Sunday, he showed why Los Blancos are keen to keep him. "I'm going to be without a player now so I can't be happy about that", Zidane said. Toni Kroos made the game safe in the 62nd minuted, but there was still time for Sergio Ramos to get himself sent off in injury time.
And that night in Skopje, Madrid president Florentino Perez confirmed those thoughts. Nevertheless, Real was not in top form, even though Bale snatched up Karim Benzemas fumbled shot to blast one into an unguarded net at the 20-minute mark.
That led to claims he could still be sold before the end of the transfer window, with some saying the 28-year-old should be offloaded to fund a big bid for Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe.
A congratulatory doff of the cap is most definitely due to Sergio Ramos, who equalled a long-standing Spanish record in Real Madrid's opening game of the league season on Sunday evening.
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"Bale is fine, training well and that's the most important thing", he said.
Explaining the first incident with Schar, which occurred when Deportivo's Zakaria Bakkali player was injured on the floor, Ramos added: "We didn't kick the ball out because they didn't do it (earlier in the game)".
Granted, it's only been a game or two, but Zinedine Zidane's assertion that Gareth Bale has had the best pre-season (in terms of fitness) of his Real Madrid career was borne out by his performance tonight.