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Bale misses penalty on Real Madrid return after being given new shirt number

The Welsh striker returned to action for Real Madrid after a year-long loan spell with Tottenham and failed to find the net in a 0-0 pre-season friendly draw with A.C. Milan

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Euro 2020: Bale laughs off speculation over Wales future

Welsh forward Gareth Bale missed a penalty in the 40 th minute on his Real Madrid return in a 0-0 pre-season friendly against A.C. Milan after being given a new shirt number.

The 32-year-old was bizarrely given the No.50 shirt rather than his previous No.11, which was given to Marco Asensio while the striker was on loan to Tottenham last season.

Bale impressively surged through the Milan defensive line-up to win the spot-kick, but the penalty failed to find the net as French keeper Mike Maignan easily saved the low-down shot.

Now into the final year of his contract with Real Madrid, Bale’s record of 105 goals and 68 assists in 251 appearances isn’t to be sniffed at. The Cardiff-born striker has also won four Champions League trophies, three La Liga titles and one Copa del Rey victory.









Gareth Bale missed a penalty as Real Madrid took on AC Milan in a friendly
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While the allocation of the number 50 to Bale for the match may come across as odd, it happens to be the same shirt number that was worn by Eden Hazard when he made his debut for Real Madrid in a friendly against Bayern Munich in 2019.

New Real boss Carlo Ancelotti still has big plans for Gareth Bale and insists the forward still very much has a future at the club – albeit in a different shirt number to his original No.11 jersey.

He said: “Gareth has not played much in the Premier League, but he scored lots of goals, was very effective in recent games when he had chance to play.

“He is coming back, I know him very well, he will be motivated to play better and have a great season, no doubt.”







Bale enjoyed a relatively successfully loan season in London last year scoring 16 goals in 34 years after former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane deemed him surplus to requirements.

Now back in the Spanish capital, it is likely he will feature in next weekend’s La Liga opener away to Alaves on Saturday.

Spanish midfielder Marco Asensio will continue with Bale’s former No.11 jersey but was not included in the squad to face A.C. Milan as he had represented Spain at the Tokyo Olympics.

Other players without permanent squad numbers in the Real Madrid roster after coming back from loan include Luka Jovic and Martin Odegaard, but their temporary numbers aren’t anywhere near as high as Bale’s No.50 shirt.







Rumours have continued to circle over where Gareth Bale may head next after he claimed his future had been decided before the Euros, although there are no formal plans for the striker to depart the Bernabeu just yet.

“It will happen after the Euros,” Bale told Sky Sports following the final game of last season.

“I know what I’m doing but it will just cause chaos if I say anything.”

While there is plenty of speculation surrounding the Welshman’s next move, Bale’s dream of playing in next year’s World Cup in Qatar will certainly be spurring him on.












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