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Real Madrid assure Gareth Bale he still has a Bernabeu future amid transfer whispers

Date Posted,June 2, 2017

Gareth Bale could miss out on a fairytale return to Wales — but has been assured that Madrid will remain his footballing home.

Real Madrid star Bale is set to be on their subs’ bench for the Champions League final against Juventus in Cardiff, the city where he grew up.

That has raised serious question marks about Bale’s long-term future, as Spanish midfielder Isco is likely to get the nod over him for a place in the starting XI on Saturday night.

But the 27-year-old has been left in no doubt that he is viewed as a huge part of new La Liga champions Real‘s future by the club’s hierarchy and manager Zinedine Zidane.

Although Bale hasn’t played since being injured in the Clasico at the end of April… (Photo: Reuters)
…he’s been back in training for the past couple of weeks… (Photo: Getty)
…and flew to hometown Cardiff with his team — probably to be a sub in the final (Photo: Getty)

Bale has endured a frustrating season because of injury, and his latest calf problem has meant he’s missed the last six weeks and only just returned to training.

So he is set to be restricted to a role off the bench against Juve at the Principality Stadium, with Zidane hoping his pace as a substitute could end up making the Welshman a match-winner.

Former Tottenham winger Bale is 90 minutes from his third European Cup in four years and, despite some doubts in Spain, Real will rebuff any interest this summer in bringing him back to the Premier League.

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Wales legend Ian Rush agrees Bale could be a supersub on the night and will be the player that Juve, one of his own former clubs, will fear.

“Even a 50 per cent Gareth Bale would be worth having on the bench,” said the ex-Liverpool goal machine.

“He hasn’t played for seven weeks, [so it’s a decision] whether you play him from the start for 60 minutes, because he will tire, or maybe bring him on after 60, 70 minutes.

Legend Rush delivered the European Cup to Cardiff BY BOAT this week… (Photo: PA Wire)
…but will he be the only Welsh football hero getting his hands on it there? (Photo: Wales Online)

“If you’re the Juventus defenders and you’re doing really well for 60 minutes and you see Gareth Bale come on, you’re thinking, ‘Oh God, I’ve got a problem here.’

“It would be the icing on the cake for Gareth Bale. He could come on, score the winning goal —what better story could you ask for?

“I wouldn’t put it past him, because he’s good enough to do that.”

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