Gareth Bale has spoken to ESPN FC about his return from injury and the challenge of breaking back into Zinedine Zidane’s starting eleven at Real Madrid.
Bale missed the latter part of Madrid’s season due to injury and ultimately lost his starting role to Spanish playmaker Isco, coming on as a substitute in the Champions League final to make his comeback.
Zidane’s side cruised to European glory and they reclaimed the La Liga title from Barcelona on the final match-day of the season.
Competition is therefore strong at the Santiago Bernabeu next season and Bale has discussed the challenge in an interview during the club’s pre-season tour of the US.
“Obviously, last season was a bit frustrating for me,” he said. “I started the season off very well, but obviously got a major injury where I obviously needed an operation.
“It took a lot longer than expected to come back from. So, yeah, for me now it’s about working hard now in preseason, getting back to full fitness, getting my ankle strong, and, yeah, starting off the new season fresh and rearing to go.”
Bale then touched on Isco and his incredible form for Madrid towards the end of the season.
“We don’t really play in the same position. Obviously, it’s up to the manager what he decides. But ultimately, we both want to play — the same for every other player wants to play. I suppose everybody’s place is up for grabs.”
Source: La Liga News