Bale fit for Champions League final

Ross Houston
June 1, 2017

Are you excited that Real Madrid could become the first side to defend their title in the UEFA Champions League era? "All careers leave you with both good and bad memories", Zidane said recently.

Bale hasn't played since suffering the latest in a series of calf injuries that have plagued his time in Madrid, against Barcelona on April 23. "I am lucky that I am a player and I don't have to choose", the 25-year-old former Sao Paulo player was quoted as saying by FourFourTwo.

Zidane suggested he was ready to return Bale to the XI despite a media clamour to start Isco, but the Wales worldwide has said he is not yet 100 percent fit and may be better suited to a substitute role. It has been a long road back and it is not yet over. "I have the feeling that we are going to play a great game and we are going to win".

"If I'm called upon to start, I will start, obviously".

"We all know what Isco can do and how he has performed in the last few months". "Better on the physical level than in the last few seasons, also because I played less, although I am the one who played the most matches in the team".

"I always say that this squad deserves it because we are like a family, we are very united and involved". This is the thing that hurts me the most.

"Obviously, any surgery is hard, but in the middle of a season it's always that bit more hard". But have you made the right preparations for this Saturday's Champions League final?

"I really enjoy seeing him on the pitch and all the great players".

Bale returned to action against Espanyol but was still struggling with the effects of the operation and, speaking on Tuesday, conceded that he may have returned too soon.

"I have been playing with a lot of pain".

"Gareth does not have to say anything to me". "I'm proud to have him as a coach now, and it's wonderful to be able to learn from him and to follow his advice". The most important thing is to get to the final.

Ronaldo: I'm trying to enjoy it as much as I can and I feel fit. "We can cause harm at set pieces and we'll do everything to get the first goal, be it a header from me or one from the boss!" And it is massively special for me personally, as it is where I was born, where I grew up. I'll always be a Real Madrid fan because the club is my life'.

Ronaldo has scored 40 goals in 45 games in all competitions this season, including 10 en route to the upcoming Champions League final in Cardiff. I'm here, and I'm just thinking about what I'm doing here. They've had to face Bayern and Atletico in the last two rounds, and interestingly the 3-0 at the Bernabeu against their city rivals in the semis was the only time that Real have kept a clean sheet in their 12 Champions League games this season. "Whether he or I start, we'll both be cheering each other on".

"I would have stayed at Juventus in Serie B but the president told me he would have listened to all offers for me, that's why I left".

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