Real Madrid coach, Julen Lopetegui believes that Gareth Bale is capable of filling the gap created in the team after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo
Lopetegui who took over from Zinedine Zidane has quelled every transfer speculations surrounding Bale’s future at the Santiago Bernabeu, insisting that he is a magnificent player and now has his chance to showcase his talent.
The Welshman will lead the Los Blancos when they play against Manchester United in Miami in the early hours of Wednesday in Lopetegui’s first game as Real Madrid manager.
Lopetegui in a pre-match conference ahead of the game said, “We first recognise Cristiano as one of the most important players in the recent history of Real Madrid.
“He vocalised his desire to leave and the club gave him all the facilities to do so. We wish him all the luck in the world.
“When it comes to our players, Bale and everyone else, we are completely convinced we have the players to move forward. Bale is a magnificent player with qualities and we are convinced he and everyone else can fill the void.
“He’s very, very happy. He’s very happy to play at Real Madrid. He’s happy to be here, and this is a fantastic opportunity for him to show his talent.
“I’ve talked to him like I’ve talked to everyone. He’s with the team, he’s happy, he’s in line with our goals and it’s a start of a new exciting path for us that I’m looking forward to.’
Bale moved to Spain from Tottenham in a £85.3m deal in 2013 and has failed to leave up to expectation while Ronaldo was still in the club and he played just few games last season especially towards the end of the season and scored twice in the Champions League final against Liverpool.