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Man City v Real Madrid Champions League: There's no friction in my friendship with Ronaldo, says Bale

By Robert Jones

Gareth Bale has revealed he has an excellent relationship with Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo and has never had an argument with the Portugal forward.

The pair are the two biggest stars at the Bernabeu - Bale broke Ronaldo's world record transfer fee when he joined from Tottenham in 2013 - but the Welshman insisted there was no animosity between them.

They are expected to line up together for Real's Champions League semi-final first leg away to Manchester City tonight.

Bale said: "He (Ronaldo) speaks English which helped me when I first came here. We also have that link from the Premier League.

"We get on really well. The press make a lot of things that maybe we don't, but we get on fine.

"We've never had a problem. I've never had an argument with him. He's a very, very passionate person on the pitch - everyone knows that. He's very determined.

"People sometimes seem to take that the wrong way. We haven't had a problem."

Bale and Ronaldo are both known for the quality of their free-kicks and Bale said they shared responsibility from set-pieces.

"It's on the board: free-kicks left side (are for) him, free-kicks right side (are for) me. Every game. So we know exactly what's what," he added.

Ronaldo looks likely to feature tonight after a fitness scare arose last week.

The former Manchester United star missed his side's victory over Rayo Vallecano at the weekend with a thigh injury.

But the Portuguese is winning the battle to prove his fitness for the first leg of the last-four clash, while fellow forward Karim Benzema also seems likely to overcome doubts over his own condition.

Coach Zinedine Zidane said at his pre-match press conference at the Etihad Stadium: "The idea is that we want them to play but we have got the last training session to come.

"We will just have to wait and see but they are fine at the moment and I think they will be fine.

"We will test everything. The idea is that they will play. I think they will be 100 per cent."

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