UCL: Zidane drops Isco hint as Bale “not 100 percent fit”

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There’s been some discussion as to whether Gareth Bale will be selected to start for Real Madrid when his home country plays hosts to the UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday.

Bale, 27, has been out since late April for a calf injury, a second lengthy absence for the Welshman.

He says he’ll play if called upon when Real faces Juventus on Saturday, but manager Zinedine Zidane may have hinted that Isco will get the play.

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“It’s normal to have the debate because they are two very good and important players,” Zidane said. “The most important thing is to see the players on top form.”

That’s unequivocally Isco, who has posted three assists in his last two La Liga matches and scored in the second leg of Real’s UCL semifinal win over Atletico Madrid.

If this match was being played anywhere else, there likely wouldn’t be much of a debate as to who’d get the call from Zidane. Even considering Bale’s status as one of the biggest transfer buys in history, it seems he’ll be relegated to impact sub.