Bale only discovered he was starting on the bench for Madrid an hour and a half before kickoff.
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Gareth Bale will hold talks with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez as early as next week as he is eager to make a decision on his future at the club. Bale inspired Real to a 3-1 victory over Liverpool in the Champions League final Saturday by coming off the bench to score twice, the first a stunning bicycle kick that will go down as one of the tournament's greatest ever goals. Bale has not given up hope of mending his relationship with Zidane and his first choice is still to stay at Real, but only if he is offered firm assurances regarding a more prominent role next season.
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