I have no problem with Bale, says Zidane

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However, coach Zinedine Zidane used this visit to rest many players after Wednesday's energy-sapping Champions League quarter-final second leg with Juventus, which his side lost 3-1 though they advanced to the semi-finals 4-3 on aggregate.

The controversy over Michael Oliver's decision to award the penalty to Cristiano Ronaldo that decided the tie, and the red card shown to Gianluigi Buffon for his protests, has continued to rumble on.

"We will do our job, and the referee will do his job". I will not do it any more.

But United are said to be spearheading the race for the 28-year-old, with Jose Mourinho preparing to potentially lose either one of or both Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford this summer.

His side trail second-placed rivals Atletico Madrid by four points with six games to play in La Liga, and have only finished outside the top two once since 2004. "We want to get closer to second place and we will try to put in a good performance".

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Ronaldo did not travel with Los Blancos side that had a comfortable 2-1 win against Malaga in La Liga at the weekend.

"This is football, we're all in the same team and I need all my players, I don't think they're sad, they're working great on the training field", he told the media.

Zidane denied that Bale and Benzema are upset at no longer being automatic picks, while suggesting both needed to contribute more to start against Bayern. "There are players in good form and playing well but I have to be ready always to evaluate who is the best players for the team at any given time".

The 33-year-old has averaged a goal a game since then, scoring in nine of the past 16 matches in a run that includes a couple of hat-tricks and three braces. "Bayern has a very deep squad, very important players, and will replace him well for sure".

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