Carlo Ancelotti is confident that Gareth Bale will return to the Real Madrid team to face Liverpool on Tuesday, whilst insisting the Welshman remains a vital part of his plans, according to the Mail.
Amid speculation that the winger could be on his way out of Madrid, Ancelotti confirmed that he is a key player and he will be involved against Brendan Rodgers' men next week.
Isco has slotted into the Real team perfectly since replacing Bale, during a week which has seen the Spanish giants record impressive victories over Levante, in which the midfielder scored, Liverpool and Barcelona.
The 25-year-old has been the talk of an incredible £90m switch to Manchester United, after it was rumoured that the Red Devils were willing to pay the Welsh ace £300,000 a week.
Discussions of the transfer followed the comments from Ancelotti that Bale has not been working hard enough when Madrid are not in possession of the ball, which Isco has been praised for this past week.
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It seems Ancelotti has rubbished the rumours, claiming that people are forgetting quite how much of a special player Bale is.
'I think that many have forgotten that Bale scored in the final of the Copa del Rey and the Champions League. He's a very important player.'
It has been widely broadcasted just how well Isco has been playing for Madrid and a Spanish internet poll on MARCA.com confirmed that 82% of Real fans would rather see his name in the starting line-up than Bale's.
There is no reason whatsoever though, that Bale and Isco cannot both play very important roles - the two players offer different types of playing styles and their own unique skills, which can be key to the team in different situations.
"He (Isco) could lose his place when Bale returns. I have to put 11 players out on the pitch. We have a lot of games and I can't always name the same 11," Ancelotti said.
The Reds are in search of what would be a spectacular win away at The Bernabeu, whilst a defeat could see them drop to the foot of the group. They currently have three points, the same amount as both Ludogorets Razgrad and FC Basel, whilst sitting third on goal difference.
Having only won six of a possible 14 games in all competitions this season, it is clear that Liverpool are missing Daniel Sturridge and a certain Luis Suarez, as Mario Balotelli has failed to fire since completing his £16m transfer.
A defeat next Tuesday would mean that Liverpool will likely need to get results from both of their final two group games, after they were surprisingly defeated by Basel in their second group match.
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