Bale regrets racing back from injury, says "not 100 percent" for final

Hazel Gray
May 31, 2017

He said that he was prepared to play a substitute's role in Saturday's match with Juventus at the Millennium Stadium, after six months of suffering.

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale heads a ball during a training session at a media open day in Madrid, Tuesday May 30, 2017.

Zidane, however, has proved fiercely loyal to Bale, whose fourth season with Real has been blighted by a serious ankle injury and recurring muscle problems and said only he would decide who makes the starting line-up. I had my ankle operation, which still hasn't really recovered.

"I would have been disappointed if I could not make it to the final and that's why have given everything to get in shape, but I wouldn't be disappointed if I am not a starter".

RAPHAEL VARANE: The French defender earned a regular starting spot alongside Ramos after Pepe endured a series of injuries in the second half of the season. I obviously have battled hard to get fit for this, and whatever is the best for the team is the most important thing: "to lift that Champions League trophy is the most important thing". He played so well that many expected him to be in the lineup even if Bale had indeed fully recovered. The player will reportedly earn €8 million a year and los Blancos are looking for a fee in the region of €60 million for his sale.

LUKA MODRIC: The hard-working midfielder endured a series of injuries that kept him from playing as much as in previous seasons, including a left-knee ailment that required arthroscopic surgery in December. "But obviously that wasn't the case, I'll live and I'll learn, and now I can concentrate on [the injury]", he continued. That's how we have done things during the season, giving everything, with a lot of professionalism and we can be happy for what we have done until now.

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Zidane went one step further by joining Ancelotti as one of just seven men to win the competition as both player and coach when Real squeezed out local rivals Atletico on penalties in Milan in last year's final. And it is massively special for me personally, as it is where I was born, where I grew up.

"I always dreamed I'd play a CL final, but never in my home town".

"I think Isco has been fantastic", added Bale. "We have to show out character, that we are the better team, and we are better than them, but we have to show it, because they are a good team too".

"Gareth is very honest and I'm sure that he will talk to the manager and they will come to a conclusion based on what is best for the team".

Two Alaves' player that played in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday night against Barcelona will ply their trade at the Santiago Bernabeu next season in Marcos Llorente and Theo Hernandez.

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