Make or Break for Bale at Madrid

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

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Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale faces a make-or-break season at the Santiago Bernabeu, according to Sky Sports' Spanish football expert Terry Gibson.

Bale endured an injury-interrupted campaign in the Spanish capital last time around, featuring in only 27 matches in all competitions as Real won La Liga and retained the Champions League.

However, with youngsters such as Marco Asensio having broken into the Madrid first team last season and reports also linking the club with a move for Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe, Bale may no longer be guaranteed a first-team place in Zinedine Zidane's starting XI.

"It is a massive year for Bale, I would say it is almost make or break for Bale at Real Madrid," Gibson told the La Liga Weekly podcast. "These youngsters are breathing down his neck, Asensio in particular.

"I am not going to doubt Bale, he has just been unlucky with injuries, but there is genuine competition for that place up front alongside Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo.

"The more you see of Asensio though, the more you think he is going to be a real world-class player - he is a world-class youngster at the moment, but I think he is going to develop into one of the best players in the world

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