The newly appointed manager of Real Madrid Julen Lopetegui’s has cast fresh doubts over the futures of Cristiano Ronaldo, David de Gea and Gareth Bale.
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This unexpected announcement put Friday’s World Cup match with Ronaldo’s Portugal in a very different light.
Lopetegui said in an interview with Spanish television at the start of the week: “Ronaldo’s future is not my concern.”
The Spain coach’s excellent relationship with De Gea, will also see Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, make another attempt at getting the 27-year-old goalkeeper from Manchester United.
For Bale, his camp were hopeful of Madrid recruiting a coach, who would build his team around the Welshman and the club briefed them on Monday, that Andre Villas-Boas had been offered to them.
Villas-Boas was instrumental in Bale changing position at Tottenham and playing well enough in his final season to earn his £85m move to the Santiago Bernabeu.