Arbeloa: Madrid must keep Bale

Former Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa believes his old club should not sell Gareth Bale despite reports in the Spanish press.

The Welshman has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu this summer, with reports in the Madrid-based press that the club had decided to sell him at the end of the season.

“I really hope Madrid don’t sell Gareth Bale, I certainly wouldn’t,” Arbeloa is cited as telling reporters by Marca.

“I don’t believe his time here is over or that he is in a bad run of form, I think he has a lot left to give this club.

“If I was Zizou I would trust Gareth a lot because when he is on top of his game he is as good as anyone else.

“The fitness problems he has suffered are difficult for him but right now Madrid need all their players and Gareth is as good as anyone.”

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