Gareth Bale has said that he is slowly returning to his best form after he completed his first full game since November for Real Madrid this weekend.

Bale has been slowly reintroduced to Zinedine Zidane’s team since he had ankle surgery in November and was then side-lined again through suspension after he was sent off against Las Palmas at the beginning of the month.

Speaking after the team’s win against Athletic Bilbao Bale said, “It’s been frustrating after my red card and my operation and coming back from injury but it’s 90 minutes under my belt which I needed. It was very difficult fitness-wise but I am getting there slowly and I think with every 90 minutes now I will keep improving and getting better and stronger.”

He said that his injury hasn’t completely “adapted yet” and he believes that it will take a little bit of time to get back to playing full time but he thinks that with hard work this won’t be a problem.

Meanwhile Zinedine Zidane said that the team’s position at the top of La Liga is of little relevance to him at this time. The team are five points clear of Barcelona with a game in hand but Zidane said, “We have 11 games left and we are the leaders, but it doesn’t mean anything right now.”

He said that there are a number of difficult games ahead of them and that they can’t afford to take anything for granted.

At the same time, he praised Cristiano, Bale and Karim for giving “a lot” and said that Karim Benzema had a “great game” over the weekend.

The team next face Alaves at home at the beginning of next month.