By Euro Weekly News Media • 05 August 2018 • 4:56
PARTING WAYS: Bale hopes to step out of Ronaldo´s shadow.
WELSH galactico Gareth Bale is reportedly willing to extend his contract with Real Madrid next summer, committing his long-term future to the Spanish giants.
With the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus and the arrival of new head coach, Julen Lopetegui, the ex-Tottenham Hotspurs player sees an opportunity to finally cement his place in the club´s starting 11.
Just two months ago, speaking after Real Madrid’s Champions League triumph in the Ukraine, Bale spoke of his determination to find regular football, even if that means leaving the club.
He said: “I think I have to play every week. If I can’t do it at Real Madrid then it’s something I have to think about.
Now I have time and have to wait to see what happens in the future.”
Bale is currently contracted to Real Madrid until 2022, after renegotiating his contract in 2016.
His future at the club is looking much brighter after this summer’s developments, with former Real Madrid star Steve McManaman tipping him for success.
“I think Julen Lopetegui wants Bale to assume the leadership role Ronaldo had at the club.
It’s very difficult because Cristiano averaged a goal every game, but he (Bale) is a different kind of player, very dynamic and he will have a magnificent season,” explained McManaman.
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