Gareth Bale Given New Squad Number After Losing His Favoured No 11

Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid career has taken yet another turn since he has been given with the No 18 Real Madrid shirt after losing his favoured No 11.

After the Welsh winger’s involvement in Euro 2020, he has returned to Madrid after spending one season on-loan with Tottenham.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

During Bale’s time back in North London, his Madrid teammate Marco Asensio swooped in for Bale’s No 11 which left him without an official squad number when returning this summer and many fans started to further question his future at the club.

Since the departure of Zinedine Zidane and the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti, Bale looks set to be a far more prominent member of the squad which has been confirmed through the La Liga website as he is given the No 18 shirt.

After Bale’s transfer to China collapsed in 2019, he had a fractious relationship with Zidane and the Madrid fans.

However, Bale has spoken in recent months of the great relationship he has with Ancelotti after they won the Champions League together in 2014 and how he has looked forward to working with him again: “I know Carlo Ancelotti is a great manager.I get on with him really well, we had some great times in the past.

“He’s returned to Real Madrid and he’s a great guy. We had a great time together at Real Madrid and I’m sure he’s going to be amazing in charge there.”

According to reports in Spain, Bale is set to start this weekend in their first La Liga fixture against Alav├ęs as Ancelotti is planning to form a front three with the Welshman, Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard.

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