Ancelotti: Gareth can have a great season at Real Madrid

Real Madrid’s new head coach Carlo Ancelotti has opened doors for Gareth Bale to be a part of his team in next season’s campaign after being out on loan to his former club Tottenham.

Ancelotti was announced to replace Zinedine Zidane on Wednesday and has made clear his interests in Bale.

Bale, who fell out of favour with Zidane, was loaned out and was expected to return to Spurs on loan next season or full transfer had Zidane remained as Los Blanco’s coach.

The Frenchman’s exit from the Spanish capital side could see Bale at the Santiago Bernabeu next season.

“He has not played much in England,” the former Everton boss said.

“But he scored a lot of goals, he was very effective, especially in the final games when he played more regularly.

“I know Gareth well and if he has the motivation to try to play his best game he can have a great season, I have no doubt.”

Ancelotti also spoke about Real Madrid’s veteran centre back and captain, Sergio Ramos, who is nearing the end of his contract at the club.

Ramos, who has not been included in Luis Enrique’s Spanish side, for the Euro 2020 campaign, is set to be a free agent on 1 July.

“I can’t imagine a Real Madrid without Sergio Ramos but I also couldn’t imagine a day without Carlo Ancelotti!” he said.

“It is clear that Sergio Ramos is a very important player and has been fundamental for many successes at this club. I know there are talks over a renewal, but I don’t know the details, when I do, I can say more.”

Ramos has been linked with a move away from the Spanish capital, with both Manchester clubs mentioned as possible destinations.

Raphael Varane’s future is also uncertain, with Madrid said to be considering cashing in on the Frenchman. The centre back is not out of contract until 2022.