Gareth Bale ‘Can Fill The Ronaldo Void’ At Real Madrid—Julen Lopetegui

New Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui has said that Gareth Bale “can help fill the void” left by Cristiano Ronaldo following his departure to Juventus.

Despite being linked with a potential move away from the Santiago Bernabeu, Lopetegui looks confident that the Wales forward will stay.

"Gareth is happy to play at Real Madrid," Lopetegui said during a press conference in Miami, USA where they are playing in the International Champions Cup.

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"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."

The departure of Ronaldo to Juventus in a deal worth £99m may have opened the doors for the 29-year-old to secure a regular spot in Madrid’s starting XI, which wasn’t the case last season during Zinedine Zidane’s reign.

Bale joined the Whites in 2013 from Tottenham for £87m and has since won four Champions League titles. He scored twice in the May final as Madrid beat Liverpool by 3-1 in Kiev.  

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