Madrid have spent a staggering 305 million euros in the close season, a third of that going on Belgium forward Eden Hazard, but the mood at the Santiago Bernabeu is far from optimistic after a awful run of results in pre-season.
"I'm with these players until death and we want to have a great season".
"It seemed that he was going to leave, and he is here with us now", Zidane said.
However, nothing came to fruition and Bale's expected move to Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning broke down leaving him in Madrid.
"The dynamic changes and things change and now I'm going to count on him like everyone else".
"He has a contract, is an important player, and I hope that all the players want to make things hard for me to pick the team".
According to the same story, the 20-time English champions are braced for a bid from La Liga giants Real Madrid before Spain's transfer window shuts. But the Colombia worldwide is back with the squad now after the Bernabeu club declined to let him join neighbours Atletico Madrid.
"I am happy with Eden, and the other new players", Zidane said, without mentioning the injury.
Last year's runners-up Atletico Madrid have also thrown money around this summer after cashing in on the sales of Griezmann, Lucas Hernandez and Rodri and they host Getafe in a euphoric mood after an outstanding pre-season campaign.