sport news Gareth Bale WILL return for his final Real Madrid chapter and they're desperate ...

sport news Gareth Bale WILL return for his final Real Madrid chapter and they're desperate ...
sport news Gareth Bale WILL return for his final Real Madrid chapter and they're desperate ...
PETE JENSON: Gareth Bale WILL return for his final chapter with Real Madrid this week and Carlo Ancelotti is banking on their old relationship motivating him to score... goals are badly needed and the LaLiga giants will now rely on their outcast Carlo Ancelotti knows he cannot buy many players on his Real Madrid return  The cash-strapped Spanish giants need to trim a vastly-inflated senior squad  Given Gareth Bale's huge £15m annual salary, he looks to be going nowhere  Ancelotti is counting upon Bale coming back and scoring the goals needed 

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Gareth Bale returned to training with Real Madrid on Friday and so began the last chapter of his career in Spain

Carlo Ancelotti will hope his last season is as good as his first, when under his management Bale scored the winner in the Spanish Cup final and starred in the club's tenth European Cup.

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Both player and coach know that's a lot to ask but with no money being spent by Real Madrid this summer the club are having to wrap up some old toys for Christmas and hope the kids don't notice – Bale, Martin Odegaard and Dani Ceballos are being billed as the 'new' signings for this season.

Carlo Ancelotti has arrived at Real Madrid banking on Gareth Bale being motivated enough to recapture his goal-scoring form in the famous white shirt

In terms of goals and trophies Bale is one of Madrid most successful ever buys, but has had a fractious relationship wit the club and fan base

Carlo Ancelotti has arrived at Real Madrid banking on Gareth Bale being motivated enough to recapture his goal-scoring form in the famous white shirt

The pair enjoyed a strong relationship during Ancelotti's last tenure and Bale performed well

The pair enjoyed a strong relationship during Ancelotti's last tenure and Bale performed well

All are back from north London loans. There are still possibilities for Ceballos to find another club before the new season starts, because Madrid still need to trim their bloated squad, but Bale's £15m net annual wages will prevent any such deal for him. 

He will be there for Ancelotti to use from day one. Straight away the Italian coach, a master at getting the best out of older players, has indicated he was ready for the challenge by talking up what Bale has to offer.

'He hasn't played a lot in the Premier League,' he said in first press conference. 'But he has scored a lot of goals. If he's motivated I've got no doubts he can have a great season.'

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