MADRID TO BUILD TEAM ROUND BALE

Real Madrid will build the team around Gareth Bale in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, according to coachJulenLopetegui. Lopetegui took over the side in controversial circumstances after being sacked as Spain national team boss hours from the start of the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Spain went on to have a bad tournament.

Lopetegui, who is now in charge following the shock resignation of former Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane after their third straight Champions League, is tasked with re-building the squad. The coach has said Bale is happy to remain at the club despite earlier concerns that he would exit. Lopetegui says Bale can help fill the void left by the transfer of Ronaldo, 33, to Juventus.
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