Bale ‘to succeed Ronaldo’ at Madrid

Gareth Bale is expected to stay at Real Madrid and will be trusted to be ‘the successor to Cristiano Ronaldo’ according to reports.

The 29-year-old returned to the club’s first-team training on Monday and is expected to hold talks with new Coach Julen Lopetegui.

Bale will seek assurances that he will become a starter again, having spent much of last season out of the starting fold under Zinedine Zidane.

The Guardian report Manchester United – to whom the forward had been linked – are not optimistic that the player still wishes to leave the Bernabeu this summer.

Ronaldo’s €100m exit to Juventus has now ‘opened the door’ for Bale to take his role at the Bernabeu despite the continued emergence of Isco and Marco Asensio.

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