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Julen Lopetegui tips Gareth Bale for strong season

Lopetegui tips Bale for strong season
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Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui tips Gareth Bale to have an impressive season for the Spanish giants.

Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui has backed Gareth Bale to have an impressive season as the pressure is cranked up on the Welshman following Cristiano Ronaldo's summer exit.

Bale is expected to be the main source of goals for Madrid this term, and the attacker has netted in each of the Spanish outfit's last three pre-season fixtures.

The 29-year-old managed 21 goals in all competitions for Los Blancos last term, and Lopetegui has said that the Spanish club "are so happy" with the former Tottenham Hotspur left-back.

"I'm not going to talk about past seasons. The Bale we have now is committed, content, wanting to have a great season. He is training very well, happy, and we are so happy with him. This has only just begun," Lopetegui told reporters.

Bale - linked with a move to Manchester United earlier this summer - has managed 88 goals for Madrid since arriving at the club from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013.

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Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale in action during the La Liga clash with Leganes on February 21, 2018
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona953123111218
2Espanyol9522137617
3AlavesAlaves9522128417
4Sevilla95132012816
5Atletico MadridAtletico9441105516
6Real Valladolid943286215
7Real Madrid9423139414
8Levante94141415-113
9Real Sociedad93331211112
10Getafe933388012
11Real Betis933357-212
12EibarEibar9324912-311
13Celta Vigo92431313010
14Valencia917178-110
15GironaGirona92431013-310
16Villarreal923478-19
17Athletic Bilbao8152913-48
18Leganes9225813-58
19Rayo Vallecano8125817-95
20Huesca9126720-135

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