La Liga 2018-01-08 11:57 AM

Wales superstar looks back to his best for Real Madrid

Manchester United target Gareth Bale has served a timely reminder of his star quality with a stunning display for Real Madrid.

 

The Wales superstar endured a nightmare 2017 thanks to a raft of injuries, and was only considered for a place on the bench on his Cardiff homecoming in May as Real lifted the Champions League trophy at the Millennium Stadium with victory over Juventus.

Bale’s calf problems have coincided with Isco’s remarkable run of form, and Marco Asensio’s emergence.

Bale has missed a massive 39 games last season, but has seemingly put his injury worries behind him with a blistering start to 2018, starting and scoring against Numancia in the Copa del Rey last week, and then following that up with another impressive performance against Celta Vigo on Sunday night.

It was Bale’s first league start since September and he made a telling impact at the Balaidos – scoring twice and playing more than an hour for the second consecutive game.

With his underachieving side 1-0 down after half an hour, Bale stepped up with two impressive finishes in the space of just three glorious minutes.

The first was a trademark burst to beat the offside trap before calmly side-footing the ball into the bottom corner; the second was a first-time volley from Isco’s teasing delivery.

But Madrid, who currently lie 16 points off league leaders Barcelona in fourth-place, conceded a late equaliser at the death, when Maxi Gomez headed home to send the crowd wild.

It was an encouraging night for Bale, though, who looks to be returning to something resembling his best as he starts two games in quick succession again and United will have been impressed.

Jose Mourinho revealed last month that he was ‘pretty sure’ his side were going to pay a lot of money for one player in the summer, and Bale is certainly on his radar, writes the MEN.

Despite exchanging a memorable exchange with the Welshman ahead of United’s friendly with Madrid last summer, the 54-year-old claimed a move for him was mission impossible at the time.

“Yes, it’s the same (as Ronaldo),” he said in July.

“You have contacts, you have feelings, you understand things, I think it was clear that Bale likes Madrid, the challenge, the situation, he’s in a club in a very good situation now, I never felt a desire from him to leave, so why lose time and energy on that? No.”

 

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