Zinedine Zidane insists Gareth Bale 'will always be important' to Real Madrid, despite leaving him out of three of the last four matches.

Bale was again omitted for Wednesday's 3-1 La Liga win at Leganes, coming on for only the final 14 minutes.

Reports in Spain claimed after the game that Bale has 'run out of credit' at the Bernabeu and the European champions will try to offload him this summer.

But Zidane, speaking ahead of Saturday's home league game against Alaves, said: 'He will always be important in the team and is in the process of getting himself right.

'A player always misses out, I am not thinking of one or two but all the players.

'I know that some players are not of interest to you but there are those that train each day, hardly ever play and I am interested in them.