CARLO ANCELOTTI claims Gareth Bale will be fit for Champions League final and bids farewell to Real Madrid fans in Paris
The 32-year-old Welsh captain missed Real’s last home game of the season at the Bernabeu on Friday night – a goalless draw against Real Betis.
Ancelotti said Bale, who has recently had back problems, is not even fit enough to sit on the bench despite being included in the provisional squad.
And the Italian says Bale, who will leave the Spanish giants when his contract expires this summer after nine years of trophies, will bid farewell when he wins Europe’s biggest prize for a fifth time against Liverpool on May 28.
Ancelotti said: “He didn’t sit on the bench tonight because he wasn’t fit.
“He wanted to say goodbye to the fans here in the stadium.
“He has one last chance because he will be fit for the final.”
Bale has not played for Real since he was booed as a substitute in the 2-0 home win over Getafe on April 9.
He was backed to make a sensational move to hometown club Cardiff because he ‘fits all the criteria’.
That’s the view of Real Madrid superstar’s national coach Robert Page, who has given the thumbs-up for a potential move if Wales reach the 2022 World Cup.
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In recent weeks there has been increasing talk of Cardiff-born Bale returning home after his contract at the Bernabeu expires this summer.
Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has previously said the Wales captain will decide his club future depending on the outcome of the World Cup play-off final in Cardiff on 5 June.
Bale – as well as Brennan Johnson and Sorba Thomas involved in the Championship play-off final between Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield – will miss Wales’ training camp in Portugal, which begins on Monday.
The Algarve camp is gearing up for play-offs against Scotland or Ukraine, as well as four Nations League games that start on June 1 against Poland.
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