Zinedine Zidane 'hurt' after Real Madrid's chaotic show in 7-3 defeat to Atletico Madrid

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Zinedine Zidane admitted he was “hurt” after Real Madrid lost a chaotic pre-season friendly 7-3 to city rivals Atletico.

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa scored four goals and was sent off as Real were embarrassed in New Jersey.

Joao Felix, a big-money summer signing from Benfica, scored his first Atletico goal before Real made a belated comeback from 6-0 down.

“I’m not concerned, but I’m hurt,” Real manager Zidane said at his post-match press conference, reported on the club’s official website.

“You don’t play to lose. But we can’t be looking backwards.

“It was a bad game and now we have to focus on what went wrong, so we can try and make sure it doesn’t happen again in the next match.

“We don’t need to dwell on it, this is a pre-season game. They were better in every respect and that’s all there is to it.”

The build-up to the game was dominated by reports of Gareth Bale being set to leave Real and join Chinese club Jiangsu Suning.

Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid

Bale started on the bench and came on for the final 30 minutes of a game in which Nacho, Karim Benzema and Javi Hernandez scored for Real.

“We can’t be pleased with this defeat, that much is clear,” said Zidane.

“We just really lacked the intensity you need at this level. But I’m convinced I’ve got a team here that is going to compete at the top level. We’ll be motivated and hungry to keep going, I have no doubt about it.

“I’m convinced we’re going to have a good season. This won’t change what we’re looking to achieve this season. The players are not letting me down, we’re just preparing for the new season and we have to remain calm. We have to be ready for when LaLiga comes around.”

Atletico boss Diego Simeone told his club’s official website: “We prepared the game knowing it was a derby.

“We played well and I told the lads. The players are very excited.

“The goal is to arrive at the first LaLiga match in the best possible shape.”

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Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale was Friday on the verge of signing a “£1 million a week” deal with Chinese Super League outfit Jiangsu Suning, reports claimed.

The 30-year-old Welshman has already been told by Real coach Zinedine Zidane that he does not form part of his future plans at the Spanish giants.

Spanish daily Marca claimed that Bale, who has been at Real since 2013 since signing from Tottenham, will earn €22 million per season in China making him the second-highest paid player in the world behind Lionel Messi, and that the deal is almost finalised.

However, later reports by Sky Sports in England suggested the player’s representatives were negotiating a mind-boggling £1 million a week contract before the Chinese transfer window shuts on Wednesday.

Real boss Zidane said last weekend he thought it would be “best for everyone” if Bale’s departure could be arranged quickly – comments Bale’s agent branded “disrespectful” of a player who helped the side to a Spanish league title and four Champions Leagues since arriving from Tottenham six years ago.

Zidane then insisted Monday he meant no disrespect before Bale came on as a substitute in a midweek 3-2 friendly win over Arsenal in the United States.

“He had a good game and I’m happy for him,” Zidane said. “I do not know what’s going to happen, for now he’s with us. It did not change anything.”

Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has already insisted that any deal which sees the Welshman leave the Bernabeu would have to be a permanent one and not one that sees him shipped out on loan.

“There will be no makeshift deals to get him out of the club,” said Barnett.

“Gareth is one of the best players on the planet. I can guarantee you he will not be going on loan to any club.”

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