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Bale returns to Madrid squad despite future uncertainty

first_imgGareth Bale has been included in Real Madrid’s squad for their friendly against Roma on Sunday, despite uncertainty over the forward’s future at the Santiago Bernabeu.The Wales international was on the verge of leaving the club this summer in a lucrative £1 million-a-week switch to Jiangsu Suning, but the move broke down and it remains unclear where he will play this season.Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has made no secret of his desire to see the 30-year-old move on and his pronouncements on the matter drew stinging criticism from the player’s agent. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? With a bitter stand-off ensuing, Bale was subsequently omitted from a number of Real Madrid squads this pre-season.He has featured in just two of Los Blancos’ six warm-up friendly matches thus far – against Arsenal and Atletico Madrid in July.However, his inclusion in Zidane’s 20-man squad for the club’s final pre-season fixture ahead of their La Liga opener could potentially signal a change of circumstances, with a stay in the Spanish capital still a possibility.Bale joins Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Karim Benzema among the forwards for the Roma game, and faces plenty of competition for a place in the team.📝 Our 20-man squad for tonight’s match against @ASRomaEN ! #HalaMadrid — Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) August 11, 2019 Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro and Isco have been included in a strong squad, as have Marcelo and Raphael Varane.Keylor Navas and Thibaut Courtois, meanwhile, will continue to fight it out for the number one jersey.James Rodriguez, who has been linked with Napoli and Atletico Madrid is out, however, as is forward Mariano Diaz after losing his number seven shirt to Hazard.Club captain Sergio Ramos, meanwile, is also absent, while goalkeeper Andriy Lunin remains in Madrid.Real Madrid take on Roma at Stadio Olimpico in their last pre-season friendly, with kick-off scheduled for 7pm BST (2pm ET).They will then turn their attentions towards Celta Vigo, who host them on August 17 in their opening La Liga match of the 2019-20 campaign.Real Madrid squad for Roma friendlyGoalkeepers: Navas, Courtois, FuidiasDefenders: Carvajal, Militao, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, OdriozolaMidfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, IscoForwards: Hazard, Benzema, Bale, Vazquez, Jovic, Vinicius Jr.last_img read more