Either way, Bale is understood to be thinking only of playing for Madrid and trying to help the club he joined in 2013 for a then world-record fee win a third successive Champions League.
Upfront, Cristiano Ronaldo is another player likely to be rested, while Marco Asensio should be rewarded for his game changing performance on Wednesday with a start against Leganes. "I'll obviously keep doing all I can to stay on track [to play]".
Real forward, Borja Mayoral Moya, doubled the lead on the stroke of half time as he found some space inside the box to meet a handsome cross and with a precise low drive put the ball into the bottom right corner.
"We need them and I'll do everything possible so that they know that they're important and that they're not affected by whats said on the outside".
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Yet that trail appears to have gone cold for now, perhaps because of the big-money arrival of former Arsenal player Alexis Sanchez in January.
Leganes are just about guaranteed safety this season, sitting on 40 points, 12 above 18th place with four matches left to play. "We're not getting many minutes, but we won, and that's what matters".
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Speaking on the player's condition at Santiago Bernabeu, Ferdinand told BT Sport, "One thing we were all talking about here in the studio before the game finished, making those substitutions and Gareth Bale doesn't get on the pitch is a huge statement".
"We know our fans won't let us down; we have to prepare well for the game and go for them from the first minute".