Real Madrid new manager Julen Lopetegui believes that Gareth Bale can fill Cristiano Ronaldo void following the Portuguese’s departure this summer.

Ronaldo has recently made a shock move from the Spanish side to Italian champions Juventus after helping the side to win their third Champions League in a row.

Bale, 29, was struggling for playtime under manager Zinedine Zidane and has been strongly linked with a move away from Spanish capital side.

However, Lopetegui has guaranteed that Wales captain is able to take over from former Manchester United star Ronaldo.

“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.”

Meanwhile, Lopetegui has admitted that Bale had worked extremely well with striker Karim Benzema in training.

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“If this is the squad I have at the start of the season I will be a happy man,” the former Spain boss added.

“I don’t walk to talk about hypothetical situations.”

“Gareth is happy to play at Real Madrid. This is a fantastic opportunity for him to show his talent. He is with the team. He is happy and aligned with our goals. It is the start of an exciting path for us.”

Real Madrid will take on Manchester United in the International Champions Cup clash in Miami tonight.

Bale, who joined Los Blancos on world transfer record in 2013, has started just 20 La Liga games and scored 16 times last season.

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