Bale: An honour with Zidane

Gareth Bale says it’s an ‘honour’ to play under Zinedine Zidane and feels he’s become a better player at Real Madrid.

Bale was speaking to journalists ahead of Los Blancos’ Champions League game with Wolfsburg and is keen to seal a semi-final place.

“We knew any team that reached the quarter-finals would be difficult,” he said, AS reports.

“We want to play. We’re going out to win both games and hopefully we will.”

Bale added that he remains thrilled to represent Madrid, but isn’t satisfied with the trophies won so far.

“I feel I’ve become a better player. When you come to Madrid you know the history. I saw it as a child,” he recalled.

“To have contributed is incredible. And I want to contribute more, to win more European trophies and to add more to the trophy cabinet.

“We’re a little down in the League but we know we’re in a good position in the Champions League and we’ll fight to the maximum for every game. Hopefully that will take us where we want to be.

“I remember when I signed for Madrid [Florentino Perez] told me to win La Decima. It was nice to do that in my first season. Hopefully there’ll be more.

“People expect a lot from you with the price paid but I try to focus every day on my football and what I do in training and in games. Of course there are ups and downs but the important thing is how you react.

“It’s been a tiring season, with little injuries that have interrupted me, especially when I was playing very well.”

Madrid’s season has been marked by a change of Coach, Rafa Benitez hired in the summer, sacked in January, and Zizou installed.

“It’s an incredible experience [playing under Zidane], he was one of the best players in the world,” Bale admitted.

“Having him as Coach is an honour. He’s proving what a great Coach he is. I’m really enjoying working with him and hopefully he continues.”

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