Speaking before his team's pre-season meet against Manchester United in Miami on Tuesday, Lopetegui said that Welshman's immediate future of 29 years was with the Spanish giants.
Real Madrid players Toni Kroos (left) and Gareth Bale (right) pose during the team's pre-season tour in the United States. Photo: @ realmadriden / Twitter
MIAMI – Real Madrid's Gareth Bale has the qualities to fill the void left by the arrival of his team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, said the new manager of the team Spanish Julen Lopetegui
After his victory in the Champions League final against Liverpool last season, he claimed a first regular participation of his team. Manchester United in Miami Tuesday, Lopetegui said that Welshman's immediate future of 29 years was with the Spanish giants.
"Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the major players in the recent history of Real Madrid, he has expressed the desire to leave and we have allowed him to do so." Gareth Bale is a player magnificent, with so many qualities. "Ronaldo joined Italy's Juventus champion for a four-year contract for 100 million euros ($ 117.37 million) earlier this month, marking the end of nine years in Madrid.
Lopetegui wanted to point out that the departure of the Portuguese represented a "fantastic opportunity" for Bale, who was bound by the Spanish media with a move to get away from the club, to stay and show his talent.
"I do not walk to talk" If it is the team that I have at the beginning of the season, I will be one of the possible destinations, "said Lopetegui, rejecting reports on Bale's return to the Premier League, with United and former team Tottenham Hots pure. Happy man … he (Bale) is with the team. He is happy and aligned with our goals. This is the beginning of an exciting path for us.
Real begins his season with a Uefa Super Cup clash against the winners of the Europa League and Atlético Madrid on August 15. They face Getafe in their opening match of La Liga four days later