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Carlo Ancelotti revealed that David Alaba will “100 percent” play for Real Madrid in the Champions League final next weekend.
Alaba has been dealing with a hamstring injury sustained in the semi-final first match against Manchester City last month and was not included in Madrid’s final LaLiga match of the season against Real Betis on Friday.
Los Blancos came through the match unscathed with a 0-0 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu, and Ancelotti subsequently confirmed that the Austrian defender will play against Liverpool at the Stade de France on Saturday.
“Alaba needs to play the final, but there was no need to take risks,” Ancelotti told Movistar +.
“He will play 100 percent. Although he has not played since April 26, not only the physical condition of the match is taken into account. It is also skill and experience.”
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The Italian coach expects to have Gareth Bale available an extra time before his contract expires at the end of the season.
Bale missed out on a spot in the squad to face Betis after only recently stepping up his recovery after a back problem.
“He would say goodbye and play if he was able to. Bale has one last chance because he wants to be fine for the final,” Ancelotti added.
Marcelo was sent on as a replacement in the second half for what is expected to be his last outing at the Bernabeu, but Ancelotti suggested the Brazilian could still extend his stay.
“He has not said goodbye yet, he is still our captain and will be in Paris. If he says goodbye eventually, some of the best backs in the world will leave. I think he talks to the club, I do not know, Said the Madrid boss.