Gareth Bale can “fill in the shoes” left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Real Madrid, says the new Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui.
Wales forward Gareth Bale had been rumoured with a move away from Real Madrid after failing to hold down a regular first-team spot under previous coach Zinedine Zidane last campaign
However, Ronaldo’s £99m move to Juventus makes Bale is back in favour to feature more for the Los Blancos.
“Gareth is happy to play at Real Madrid,” Lopetegui said.
“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.”