It's crazy how things can change so fast in soccer. A couple of months ago, Gareth Bale was a lock to pack his bags and leave Santiago Bernabeu. Now, he's a major part of Zinedine Zidane's team.
The Welshman wasn't a part of Zidane's plans earlier in the season but Marco Asensio's injury pretty much forced Florentino Perez to keep the out-of-favor winger, even against Zizou's wishes.
Since then, Bale has stepped up as one of the few bright spots on the team's offense, up to the point where he's no longer available, according to his agent Jonathan Barnett:
“Gareth is delighted to play in Madrid. China? Don’t believe everything you hear," Barnett told Quatro Deportivo.
Zidane also shut the door on a potential departure earlier in the week, as he's admitted that Bale has become an important part of the team even though he's currently sidelined with an injury:
“I don't think he ever talks about leaving. When he's available he trains and plays. He's played a number of games. I have to say we have a good relationship. He's here with us, he trains well and works well when he's available. He's not available at the moment because he's got an injury, that's all.
The problem is, there is a lot of talk about lots of different things. The important thing is that he's ready when he's 100 percent. He's a good player, you know what kind of player he is. At the moment he's not available. You're all trying to create something that isn't there in our relationship," Zidane added.
Bale was supposed to be the face of Real Madrid following Cristiano Ronaldo's departure but his constant injuries prevented him from taking a step forward.
Now, he'll have the last chance to prove his worth before putting an end to his Real Madrid chapter, but there's no denying he's one of the most talented players in the world.