The Frenchman is back in the Real Madrid hot seat following Santiago Solari’s dismissal.
Los Blancos have had a disastrous campaign and it’s hoped Zidane – who won the Champions League three times in a row during his previous tenure – can revive their fortunes.
The former midfielder has been given a contract until 2022.
According to Spanish media outlet OK Diario, Zidane will give Bale more game time as he looks to claw Real up the La Liga table.
“Man Utd have been linked with Real Madrid ace Gareth Bale”
The Wales international had become an increasingly peripheral figure under Solari and his days at the Bernabeu looked numbered.
However, it’s suggested that Zidane still has faith in the former Tottenham star’s ability and will start him against Celta Vigo this afternoon.
Midfield maestro Isco – who was also out in the cold under Solari – might also be given a reprieve.
The news comes amid reports that:
United have repeatedly been linked with Bale.
When asked about the 29-year-old earlier this week, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explained that United need ‘quality players’.
“I can’t really comment on Gareth Bale or specific names because they’re property of other clubs,” he said.
“But we should look for quality players, definitely, and players who could improve us as a team.
“There’s so many factors you need to think about when you sign players.
“It’s not easy – I don’t know if it’s easy either – when you’re in the media or when you’re a supporter, you can think short-term.
“We’ve got to think about the longevity as well, who’s going to fit in personality-wise.
“So, there’s so many things that we need to think about.”
Despite the speculation, Bale’s agent – Jonathan Barnett – has previously claimed his client could remain at Real for the foreseeable future.
“He wants to play the rest of his career with Real Madrid.
“If that doesn’t work out, then we’ll talk again. At the moment he’s very happy. He’ll talk with Mr Zidane and take it from there. We’ll see at the end of the season.
“He (Bale) wanted to play one way and Zidane wanted him to play another way. I think that was the cause of it. Over the period of time it just got worse.
“I think if you let Gareth play the way he wants to play and give him a run of games in a row, he can be right up there with anyone. He’s still got a great talent.”