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Will Cristiano Ronaldo stay at Real Madrid? I don’t know, says Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale doesn’t know if Cristiano Ronaldo will stay at Real Madrid but hopes to be lining up alongside the Portuguese superstar again next season.

The reigning Ballon d’Or and Best FIFA Men’s Player award winner revealed last month that he wanted to leave Madrid after feeling he was being singled out for disproportionate treatment after Spanish prosecutors accused him of evading tax of 14.7million euros (£12.8m). Those allegations were denied in a statement by Ronaldo’s management company Gestifute.

Ronaldo, who had been linked with a return to Manchester United, has remained silent on his future since then and it remains to be seen if Real’s all-time record goalscorer will line up for Zinedine Zidane’s men at the start of the coming season.

Bale hopes that will be the case, but insists he has no inside knowledge as to what his team-mate – who last November signed a contract tying him to Real until 2021 – will end up doing.

Asked if he thinks Ronaldo wants to leave, Bale told Spanish newspaper Marca: “I’ve not read anything, I haven’t got a clue about what’s going to happen. Look, I only found out yesterday that (Romelu) Lukaku has signed for Manchester United… I honestly don’t know. You’ll have to ask him.”

But on whether Bale wants Ronaldo to remain at the Bernabeu, the former Tottenham forward was much clearer, saying: “Of course, we won titles, we did well, we don’t need to change anything.”

Bale and Ronaldo have been club-mates since 2013 and were part of the Madrid squad that won the Champions League and LaLiga titles last season, although the Wales international’s contribution was once more disrupted by injury – including an ankle problem which almost robbed him of a place in the Champions League final in his home city of Cardiff.

The 28-year-old has been plagued by fitness problems during his time in Spain but is hoping a strong pre-season will help stand him in good stead…

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