Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti appears to have offered Gareth Bale a lifeline at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Bale, 31, spent the 2020/21 season on loan with Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur after falling out of favour with former Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane, who resigned from his position at the club last month.
With the Welshman set to return to Madrid ahead of the new campaign, his future at Real appeared in doubt while Zidane remained at the club, but it appears he could now be reintegrated into the team following his reunion with Ancelotti.
Speaking shortly after his reappointment at the club, the Italian tactician revealed that Bale, as well as other outcasts such as Isco and Marcelo, would be afforded the opportunity to play their way back into contention.
"Gareth hasn't played much in the Premier League, but he did score goals," Ancelotti said, per Sky Sports. "He was effective in the final games of the season when he played consistently.
"He is coming back, I know him well. If he is motivated to play, he can have a great season. I have no doubt. I have a lot of love still for Gareth, Isco, Marcelo… they will have the motivation to show they can still play for Real Madrid."
Bale scored 16 goals in 34 appearances during his loan spell at Spurs and will be hoping to carry his form over into the international break as he is set to captain Wales at the 2020 UEFA European Championship later this month.
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