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Lopetegui – Superb Bale can fill Ronaldo’s void
- Updated: July 31, 2018
Welshman Gareth Bale will definitely be feeling on top of the world at Real Madrid as he has found favor under new Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui, as it is believed that he’s set to be the key man at the Bernabeu. The manager has now come out to laud Bale, insisting that he has the quality to lead Real Madrid to success in subsequent football seasons.
Lopetegui has insisted that Bale can help fill the void that was left by Ronaldo after his departure to Juventus this summer. The Welshman had been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu this summer after failing to seal a regular spot in Zidane’s starting lineup. However, his fortunes appear to have turned around after Lopetegui’s arrival and Ronaldo’s departure.
Lopetegui admitted that Bale is happy at Real Madrid and will be willing to carve a significant niche for himself at the Bernabeu. He said:
“Gareth Bale is a magnificent player, with so many qualities. He can help fill the void.”
Bale, 29, joined the Los Blancos in 2013 in an £87m deal and has gone on to win 4 UEFA Champions League titles, where he has played key roles by providing goals in some of the final games when the going went tough, the latest being his brace against Liverpool in a 3:1 victory in Kiev.
Lopetegui hinted that Bale and Benzema had aligned perfectly in pre-season training whilst expressing confidence in the current squad he is parading. He added that there was no chance that Bale would leave the Los Blancos this summer as he dismissed talks of a summer move to the Premier League for the Welshman.
He added: “Gareth is happy to play at Real Madrid. This is a fantastic opportunity for him to show his talent. He is with the team. He is happy and aligned with our goals. It is the start of an exciting path for us.”