Zidane rejects Bale's departure from Real Madrid and talks about facing Atlético Madrid

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has rejected the departure of Welsh player Gareth Bale in the winter transfer window in January.

Several press reports have linked Tottenham's desire to retake Gareth Bale, with Zidane refusing to give up his player and confirming that he is still in his plans.

The attention is on the Santiago Bernabéu, which hosts the Madrid derby between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid, on Saturday evening, as part of the 22nd round of the Spanish Premier League.

Real Madrid leads the league table along with 46 points, three points ahead of runners-up Barcelona, while Atlético Madrid is suffering in the recent period by finishing fifth in the table with 36 points.

Zidane's remarks at the press conference of Real Madrid's match against Atlético Madrid

"Gareth is with us, I'm not thinking about it, I'm counting on him," Zidane said at the pre-Madrid derby press conference about the possibility of Gareth Bale's departure.

As for Gareth Bale's side in the derby against Atlético Madrid, Zidane replied: "I have 25 players, and the good thing is that they are all ready and doing their best when they get the chance."

"I am the one who chooses because I am the coach since there are 25 players, it is difficult to choose only 18 of them, the only thing I want is for everyone to stay focused."

Zidane talked about defensive development and non-defeat in the last 20 games in different competitions, saying: "We work very well and what we do day after day on the pitch, the most important thing is to defend the goal and then with the quality that we have we can attack and win."

When asked about the association of some players to leave in January such as Mariano and Brahim Díaz, he said: "This question is not for me, you have to ask other people, I will rely on all the players on the list available to me."