Real Madrid’s Casemiro hails ‘key player’ Gareth Bale

Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro has heaped praise on team mate Gareth Bale, following their opening day win at Celta Vigo.

Bale has been at the centre of controversy for the majority of the pre-season period, with manager Zinedine Zidane previously confirming that the club were looking to sell the Welsh international.

However, he opted to reinstate the 30-year old for the trip to Celta Vigo, with Bale playing an important role in the 3-1 win, and Brazilian international Casemiro was clear in his desire for Bale to stay.

"He is very important for us.

"He has won us titles and scored in finals, and we all have a lot of respect for him.

"He is a great player and has to play for us this season."

Zidane also confirmed in his post-match press conference that Bale will be remaining at the club for the 2019-20 La Liga season.

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