Gareth Bale has a key role to play at Real Madrid - Lopetegui
New Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui has backed Gareth Bale to play a key role for the European champions.
In a summer of change at the Bernabeu, Lopetegui replaced Zinedine Zidane and club icon Cristiano Ronaldo departed.
Bale threw his future at the club into doubt moments after a match-winning display in last May's Champions League final, but remains with Real.
"We've found Bale really motivated, a top pro who trained with the motivation of a youngster," Lopetegui explained.
Speaking ahead of the European Super Cup clash against city rivals Atletico Madrid in Tallinn, Estonia, Lopetegui said at a press conference: "We're a team, the team is the main part. What he [Bale] can bring to the team is his ability and mentality and we're convinced he'll have a great season."