Although Gareth Bale was forced to watch from the bench, his team mates ensured that the Wales international was going to lift his third Champions League trophy four years into his career as a Galatico.

The Welsh joined the star studded Madrid side after his unbelievable transformation from the left full back side of the then Harry Reddknap-led Spurs to an efficient winger and a more rounded one during his last season under an Andre Villas Boas-overseen squad.

In moving to Real Madrid for a world record fee, the prospect of being on the bench was hardly going to cross his head as even the club chief Florentino Perez was a strong opponent to such scenarios.

His injury during the second half of the just concluded season offered a chance for a Spaniard who arrived at the club on the same summer as theWelsh – Isco – to have a consistent run of games. The former Malaga man constantly lacked such and, until Bale’s misfortune opened doors for him, was closer to exiting Santiago Bernabeu than current want-away James Rodriguez.

With James and town prodigy Morata at the verge of freeing up spaces in the star-clustered side, Isco is reportedly said to have extended his stay with Los Meringues.

However, the funny thing is in spite of his putting pen to paper, the former Valencia youth is still not guaranteed a starting spot. Yeah, Zidane’s team is that clustered.

In playing a 4-3-3 formation, the middle is set to belong to Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modric while the offensive three by default belongs to Karim Benzema, Bale and of course Cristiano Ronaldo.

Except Isco accepts to be content with peripheral stints as youngsters Marco Asensio and Lucas Vasquez will keep knocking at the door for any chance, Zinedine Zidane still has a lot of work to do in keeping everyone happy and productive.

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