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Zinedine Zidane counts on Gareth Bale but remains coy over Neymar

Madrid's French head coach Zinedine Zidane. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Aug 12, 2019, 05.46 PM (IST)

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane remained coy on the Neymar's potential move to the Spanish side as he said that "anything can happen" before the transfer window closes. 

Brazilian star footballer, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain, is keen on leaving PSG and his transfer talks are "more advanced than before" after he was dropped for the French champions' opening Ligue 1 match. 

Real Madrid or a return to Barcelona are the most likely destinations for the world's most expensive footballer. 

On being asked about the Neymar's move, Zidane said, "We are going to play with the roster we have. Anything can happen then, as you said there are three more weeks (before the end of the transfer window)." 

"The reality is the team that we have now. We know we need to play a great season, and nothing else," the coach added. 

In the pre-season friendlies, Real Madrid lost to Roma on penalties after the match ended in a 2-2 draw. 

In the match, Gareth Bale played for the first time in four pre-season matches that indicated that despite his exit rumours, he might stay with the club. 

Earlier, Zidane had made it clear that Bale was not part of his plans and was left out completely in their previous three friendlies against RB Salzburg, Fenerbahce and Tottenham.  

Addressing the media after the match, Zidane replied on whether midfielders James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale are still part of his project. 

He said, "James and Bale are players of this club, they are both in the team. We count on all the players we have." 

"I need to count on all the players," he added.