Who should start on the right for Real Madrid when they take on Juventus in the Champions League final this weekend?
Wales winger Gareth Bale has been Madrid’s man in that position since he moved to the Spanish capital, but when he was forced to miss the last part of the season through injury, Spain international Isco has proved he too is capable.
And the former Malaga man has impressed so much that Bale, who is back from injury, is not a certain started for the final in his own home town of Cardiff.
Who starts on the day, however, is a decision that Brazilian midfielder Casemiro is glad is not his to make.
“Isco is at very good level and Bale is a very important player for us. I am lucky that I am a player and I don’t have to choose,” the 25-year-old former Sao Paolo player was quoted by FourFourTwo.
“The coach can only choose 11 players to start. It is a difficult decision. They can play together, but you have to ask this question to the coach. We are lucky to have two players of this level.”
Press speculation in Spain suggested that a number of players, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos, wanted Bale to be left out of the team for the final, while Luka Modric and Toni Kroos were keen for the former Tottenham star to start.
A further report suggested that Bale would consider leaving the club if he were left out of the final.
Opening up on the speculation, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said:”Gareth has had less competition, less minutes, but he is already recovered from his injury. He is ready and with us, and very excited about playing in his home city.
“I know that all the players have such motivation. Isco has shown all season the type of player he is.”