Gareth Bale name-drops Romelu Lukaku when discussing Manchester United transfer links

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Real Madrid's Welsh worldwide winger Gareth Bale will start the new season under pressure after missing the end of his club's successful last campaign with an ankle injury while players such as Marco Asensio and Isco took the chance his absence gave them to stake their claim for a regular first team place.

With issues surrounding Alvaro Morata's exit, it's suggested that Bale could be sacrificed instead as Real know that they could fetch around £100m for the Welshman with Man Utd, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain all paired with a keen interest.

"It was incredible to be able to raise the Cup in front of my family and friends, but now I want to have a good pre-season and to start 100 percent fit, because when I came back last season I was only 50 percent fit".

Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a return to his former club but Morientes does not see a move happening. "I signed a long-term contract with Madrid, and I am happy at this club".

"The truth is that I do not read any of that", Bale said.

"Nothing new. I am happy playing in Madrid, logically interest is interest, but if there has been nothing concrete, no offer, there is nothing to discuss". My goal now is to get back fully fit and keep playing for Real Madrid.

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'Look, yesterday I found out that Romelu Lukaku had signed for Manchester United... "But you would have to ask him". "Logically it was very hard, but the most important thing is that we won titles and very important ones".

Meanwhile, Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal told RMTV that "suffering" under old-school fitness coach Antonio Pintus would be worth it in the long run as they prepare for the UEFA Super Cup against United in Skopje on August 9 and the two-legged Spanish Supercopa against Barcelona the following week. "Now I need to make myself strong to try and avoid these injuries". "These weeks are all about suffering".

"I think that is the thing that he learnt in the past year. he was ready to be Cristiano Ronaldo when we needed, in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final".

Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC.