Bale tipped to fill the void

31 July 2018 12:02:59 EST

Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui believes forward Gareth Bale is the man who will fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo at the Santiago Bernabeu next season.

The footballing world was shocked by Ronaldo's abrupt departure from Real after the World Cup in Russia and now Serie A champions Juventus can enjoy the fruits of his labours.

With such an iconic player leaving the Spanish capital, much has been made about who will step up and replace the Portuguese star.

The likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have both been linked with moves from Paris Saint-Germain however Lopetegui believes Wales international Bale can become the figurehead at Real for the seasons to come.

"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.

"Gareth Bale is a magnificent player, with so many qualities. He can help fill the void."

Real Madrid are 7/4 to win the La Liga crown next season, while Los Blancos are 8/1 to come out on top and win the Champions League once again.

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