Gareth Bale can fill Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid void, says Julen Lopetegui. Welsh star, Gareth Bale can “help fill the void” left by Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid departure, says the Spanish new coach Julen Lopetegui.
Gareth Bale Leaving Rumors
The 29 years old, Welsh footballer, Bale had been linked with a move away from the
Bernabeu after failing to hold down a regular first-team spot under previous coach
Zinedine Zidane last season. This can be considered his bad luck. As for now, he is back
in news with bigger anticipations.
The welsh player wisely decided to remain in the team after the departure of the coach,
Zinedine Zidane, and the spotlight legend, Ronaldo.
As soon as Ronaldo’s £99m switched to Juventus, Bale is back in favorite spot.
“Gareth is happy to play at Real Madrid,” Lopetegui said.
Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid
“Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the main players in the recent history of Real Madrid. He
expressed a desire to leave and we allowed him to”.
“Gareth Bale is a magnificent player, with so many qualities. He can help fill the void.”
The young player joined Real Madrid for £87m in 2013. He remarkably won the
Champions League four times, scoring twice in the 3-1 final victory over Liverpool in
Lopetegui appreciated and said that Bale had “worked extremely well” with France
forward Karim Benzema in training, adding: “If this is the squad I have at start of season
I will be a happy man.”
The new coach is fully convinced that his star player has the potential to step up and fill
And former Spain player Lopetegui – who spent time at Madrid as a goalkeeper – is
planning to build the club around Bale after the exit of Portugal’s legend.
Julen Lopetegui News Conference
Speaking at a news conference before Real play Manchester United in the International
Champions Cup friendly series in Miami on Tuesday. Moreover, he dismissed talk of a possible
move of Bale to the Premier League club.
As a coach, it is an exciting challenge to make a competitive team without Cristiano.
“[I have] recognition for one of the most important players in the history of Real Madrid,
the club appreciated his legacy by facilitating his departure. We are convinced that Bale is going to have a great year and we expect a lot from him. We will work together for him to reach top form.”
“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.”
Further, Lopetegui said: “We are delighted with the squad we have and are convinced
that we will fight for all our objectives, and it cannot be any other way at Real Madrid.”
We want to be a great team on the pitch. If a player doesn’t come or go, I will be a
happy coach. We are not going to talk about hypothetical. With the squad we have, we
will be able to face the demands of Real Madrid.”