Real recalls Bale for friendly against Roma

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    Although Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said last month that Gareth Bale was close to leaving the club, he has been recalled for today’s final pre-season friendly against Roma.

    Bale played in two friendlies before missing the Audi Cup in Germany in July, as well as Wednesday’s game with Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg.

    The Wales forward was reportedly not in the right mental state to play after Real blocked a move to China.

    Colombia forward James Rodriguez, who has also been linked with a move, is not part of the 20-man squad in Italy.

    Real will begin their La Liga campaign at Celta Vigo next Saturday.