Gareth Bale STARTS for Real Madrid in AC Milan friendly wearing No50 in shock Los Blancos transfer lifeline

GARETH BALE has received a shock Real Madrid lifeline with a STARTING spot in Sunday's friendly against AC Milan in Austria.

New Bernabeu boss Carlo Ancelotti stood true to his word after insisting Wales frontman Bale could still have a Real future – albeit with the Number 50 shirt rather than his iconic 11.

The 32-year-old, who was loaned back to Tottenham last season, will play alongside Serbia striker Luka Jovic and Brazil winger Rodrygo.

Bale was frozen out by previous Real manager Zinedine Zidane.

And at Euro 2020 he even refused to rule out retiring this summer, although it's thought he dreams of playing at next year's World Cup in Qatar.

Bale almost switched to Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning in 2019 and has regularly been linked with a move to the MLS.

But it was believed he would have preferred running down the final year of his Real deal to leaving in this transfer window.

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Now, though, he is in the running for a place in Los Blancos' LaLiga opener away to Alaves next Saturday.

Spain midfielder Marco Asensio has Bale's old No11 top but was not named in the squad to face Italian giants AC at Klagenfurt's Worthersee Stadion.

But star summer recruit David Alaba lined up for Real in his home country following 11 years with Bayern Munich.

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