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His relationship with the club has seemed untenable for some time, but Bale could still have a future at Real Madrid after all.
As Real celebrated their 34th La Liga title this season, Bale remained very much on the periphery, with his trophy-laden seven years in Madrid looking set to be coming to an end.
Casemiro, though, backed his team-mate, and hailed the impact Bale has made on the club.
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"He's working," the Brazilian told Esporte Interativo. "He knows it's not the best time in his career, but he has our support, that of the coach and of the club.
"He's very important for us, he can spring a surprise at any time, and he's already shown that. He's a decisive player who scores goals in Champions League finals.
"We have to be honest and say that he's not at his best, but when he is, he's incredible and in the top three in the world.
I have a lot of love for him, and that's why I try to take care of him as much as I can.