Julien Lopetegui a happy man at Real Madrid without any further signings and backs Bale to stayAugust 1, 2018
Julien Lopetegui dismissed the possibility of anymore summer signings stating he is “happy” with the current Real Madrid squad and believes his relationship with Gareth Bale is on an “exciting path”.
Having already spent €80 million this summer, head coach Lopetegui expects his side to have more than enough to improve on last season’s third-place finish.
“If this is the squad I have at start of season I will be a happy man,” Lopetegui told reporters ahead of Madrid’s Champions Cup tie against Manchester United.
“At the moment, we’re doing double sessions and we are delighted with the work, the attitude and the enthusiasm of the players.”
Youth have a part to play
The summer has seen Madrid opt towards bringing in the younger generation with the signings of Vinicius Junior (18), Alvaro Odriozola (22), and Andriy Lunin (19).
Now the former Spain coach claims to be seeing the benefits and feels his squad are more than ready to compete at the highest level.
“We have a lot young players contributing. There are no injuries, and we are taking bigger steps forward than we expected.
“We have six excellent players on standby: Ramos, Varane, Modric, Kovacic, etc. We are delighted with the team we have. We are convinced we can fight to achieve all of our objectives and become a good team.”
Bale going nowhere
When asked about the future of Gareth Bale amid his comments after the Champions League win over Liverpool, Lopetegui assured the Welshman is here to stay.
The 29-year-old joined Real Madrid for £87m in 2013 and has since won the Champions League four times. He has spent large amounts of the summer being rumoured with a move away to the Premier League.
“Gareth is happy to play at Real Madrid,” Lopetegui enthused, “this is a fantastic opportunity for him to show his talent, he is with the team, he is happy and aligned with our goals. It is the start of an exciting path for us.”