Gareth Bale can fill Cristiano Ronaldo void, says new Real Madrid boss
Real's only attacking reinforcement so far this summer has been Brazilian Vinicius Junior, 18, but Bale has been backed to take on more responsibility this season. "Gareth is happy to play at Real Madrid," Lopetegui said
Gareth Bale can fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo's departure, according to new Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui. Ronaldo joined Juventus in July, ending a record-breaking nine-year spell in the Spanish capital.
Real's only attacking reinforcement so far this summer has been Brazilian Vinicius Junior, 18, but Bale has been backed to take on more responsibility this season. "Gareth is happy to play at Real Madrid," Lopetegui said.
"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. Bale is a magnificent player, with so many qualities. He can help fill the void." Bale came off the bench to score twice in Real's Champions League final win against Liverpool in May.
Juve buying Ron is a risk: Napoli chief
Signing Cristiano Ronaldo is a risk that Juventus took, Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis said. "Spending so much money for a player at the end of his career is dangerous," De Laurentiis said. "Ronaldo has a certain age and in terms of the club's balance sheet, they have taken a gamble."
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