Gareth Bale knows that he has the full and absolute support of Real Madrid and that the club fully trust the Welshman to recover his previous level of performance.

What’s more, they are convinced that he will be one of the best once he is free of injury.

Contrary to what has been said, nobody has thought about a possible departure for the former Tottenham player.

Twelve months later

It’s been a long 12 months for the attacker as he continues to fight to be able to compete again as his teammates do.

The Welsh international doesn’t necessarily have possible explanations to his ongoing problems, but the help of the club is helping him to overcome such a complicated moment in his career.

First, missing the Cardiff final, then the muscular problems, the elimination from the World Cup and not being able to play have taken their toll.

Some special moments that he wanted to experience have been missed.

As happened during the conquest of the twelfth Champions League, Bale has been a spectator or a player with little impact.

Seven months ahead

Bale is fully aware that ahead he has seven months to prove to everyone that he has a place in this team and that he can easily endure the burden of competing every week.

The end of the season will be the time to take stock.

For now, everyone is keen to see what Bale can contribute to a team that is not going through its best time.

Meanwhile Serie A has announced its winter dates for this season, with matches spanning across Christmas and New Year.

It comes after Serie A pledged to scrap its winter break before the start of the campaign, instead opting for a week off between January 7 and 20.

Games will also be played on the night of January 5, which marks the traditional celebration of Befana in Italy.

Week 18

Friday December 22: Chievo-Bologna (17:00 GMT), Cagliari-Fiorentina (19:45)

Saturday December 23: Lazio-Crotone (11:30), Milan-Atalanta (17:00), Juventus-Roma (19:45)

Week 19

Friday December 29: Crotone-Napoli (19:45)

Saturday December 30: Fiorentina-Milan (11:30), Inter-Lazio (17:00), Verona-Juventus (19:45)

Week 20

Friday January 5: Chievo-Udinese (17:00), Fiorentina-Inter (19:45)

Saturday January 6: Torino-Bologna (11:30), Roma-Atalanta (17:00), Cagliari-Juventus (19:45)

Week 21

Sunday January 21: Atalanta-Napoli (11:30), Caglliari-Milan (17:00), Inter-Roma (19:45), Juventus-Genoa (19:45)

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