Real Boss Addresses Man Utd Target's Future
Real Madrid Boss Addresses Manchester United Target's Future
Real Madrid's new boss Julen Lopetegui has addressed the future of one of his stars, who has been heavily been linked with a move to Jose Mourinho's Manchester United.
Wales international Gareth Bale is reportedly one of the Red Devils' main transfer targets after the winger hinted that he might be looking for a fresh start after the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League final.
Lopetegui, who replaced Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu in June, has now claimed Bale is pleased with life at the club and hinted that the Welshman will not be sold.
"He is very, very happy. He is very happy to play at Real Madrid," the Spanish tactician said, according to the Daily Mirror.
"He is happy to be here, this is a fantastic opportunity for him to show his talent.
"I have talked to him like I have talked to everyone. He is with the team, he is happy, he is in line with our goals, and it is a start of a new exciting path for us that I am looking forward to."
The former Spain boss also hinted that, with Cristiano Ronaldo's departure to Juventus, he is looking to build his team around the former Tottenham Hotspur star.
"When I signed, Cristiano still belonged to Real Madrid, but soon he expressed his desire to leave," Lopetegui added.
"As a coach, it is an exciting challenge to make a competitive team without Cristiano.
"(I have) recognition for one of the most important players in the history of Real Madrid, the club appreciated his legacy by facilitating his departure.
"We are convinced that Bale is going to have a great year, and we expect a lot from him. We will work together for him to reach top form."
Bale made 39 appearances for Los Blancos last season, scoring 21 goals and assisting a further seven strikes.
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