Zinedine Zidane has once again insisted that there is no problem between him and Gareth Bale – and fans have once again demonstrated their dismay at the festering issue at Real Madrid.

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The Welshman was named among the substitutes for Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao and came off the bench with just 20 minutes remaining.

The fact that it was Bale’s first action since being taken off at half-time against Juventus only further showed how concerning his situation appears to be for many, but Zidane said there was nothing to see.

“There is no problem [with Bale].

“He is one of 25 players in the squad. He did not start today, others did and are playing well too.

“You keep asking but my answer on this will not change.”

The Frenchman’s latest reassurances did little to quell the unrest from fans on social media.

There were a few ideas in the opposite direction, though.

The transfer talk will only grow – as will Bale’s flowing locks in the dugout.

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