Zinedine Zidane has defended Real Madrid’s use of world-record signing Gareth Bale.

The £86million man - signed on September 1 - appeared just three times in the white of the Spanish giants before succumbing to injury.

Bale was this week forced to withdraw from the Wales squad ahead of their World Cup qualifiers citing a thigh problem prompting national-team boss Chris Coleman to launch an attack on his Bernabeu employers.

‘The only thing that is lacking with his condition is that he hasn’t trained enough with the rest of the team.

‘He has a lot of willpower and has now re-started training. He will be ready.’

Meanwhile Zidane – currently Carlo Ancelotti’s No.2 in Spain - has revealed his ambition to one day manage France the country he led to glory at World Cup 98.

‘Managing to coach in football is already a dream in itself’ said the 41-year-old.