Gareth Bale has returned to training with Real Madrid ahead of the club’s La Liga opener against Celta Vigo on Saturday, via the club’s official website.
Bale’s future in Madrid looked all but over just weeks ago, with manager Zinedine Zidane openly saying that the Wales international could leave the club.
However, despite interest from Manchester United and China, the 30-year-old remained at the Bernabeu and will now look to force his way back into the side, at least until the Chinese transfer market re-opens in November.
The ex-Tottenham man has now returned to training with Los Blancos ahead of their curtain-raiser against Celta Vigo this weekend, and with the recent news of Eden Hazard being ruled out of the clash due to a thigh injury, could make a shock return to Zidane’s starting line-up.
Should Bale start, he has the perfect opportunity to prove why he should be in the starting-eleven this term.
The forward has been sporadically used throughout pre-season by Zidane – mainly due to transfer speculation – but if he can work hard over the coming months, especially with Hazard sidelined for up to four weeks, perhaps he can force his way into first-team proceedings. Indeed, he was the club’s second top scorer in the league last season so does remain a palpable goal threat, despite the issues he’s had with Zidane.
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