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Mourinho ‘can’t accomodate further excuse’ from Bale.


Steven Bergwijn started the game and Lucas Moura was the man brought on to replace him, and Bale didn’t even get garbage-time minutes as it was Davinson Sanchez and Carlos Vinicius brought on to run the clock down in stoppage time.

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho is said to be growing tired of Welsh winger Gareth Bale, who has been out on the fringes at the club ever since returning in September.


It was emotional to see Bale return to his former side on loan from Real Madrid, where he had been marginalised under Zinedine Zidane, but things haven’t really been much better back at Spurs.

Injuries and a lack of form have restricted Bale to just 12 appearances in all competitions this season, four of which have come in the Premier League, and things hit a new low when a now-deleted video on Spurs TV appeared to catch Mourinho saying: “You want to stay here? Or go to Real Madrid and play no football?”

According to NoRM‘s known Media, Mourinho was speaking to assistant manager Joao Sacramento about a talk he had held with Bale recently, with the boss unconvinced by the Welshman’s performances since returning to the club.

It is claimed that Mourinho wasn’t exactly a fan of bringing Bale back to London as he felt Spurs already had enough options out wide, and there seemed to be evidence of that as Bale remained glued to the bench in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Sheffield United


Mourinho appeared to send a subtle message to Bale and exiled midfielder Dele Alli after the game, praising goalscorer Tanguy Ndombele for his reaction to criticism and ability to fight his way back into the boss’ plans.

“I have enough experience to say when a player is not playing very well, it is his responsibility,” Mourinho said. “When a player turns things around and brings his performances to a very high level it is also his responsibility. It is a great example that the door is open.



Gareth Bale makes exciting First start for Tottenham shows off is no.9 Jersey


Gareth Bale is only just getting started in his second stint as a Tottenham Hotspur player, as the winger hints that he will soon be back to his best.

The Welshman played for 62 minutes in Spurs’ 3-0 over LASK in the Europa League on Thursday night, and played a cross which ended up being turned into the back of his own net by Andres Andrade.

It was a simple enough win for Tottenham, but Bale looked sharp, and says that he is treating the current period ‘as a mini pre-season’ as he gets back up to full fitness.

‘I’m a bit stiff, it’s like a mini pre-season at the moment, I’m just trying to get up to full speed, enjoying being back on the pitch and at this amazing club,’ he told BT Sport.

‘When I get fully match fit I will be sharper, and I’ll hopefully contribute even more.’

It was the first start since returning to Tottenham for the 31-year-old, who was often overlooked at Real Madrid in recent years.

And his appearance off the bench against West Ham on Saturday wasn’t as happy as an occasion as he wanted, with Spurs letting a three goal lead slip while he was on the pitch.

Boss Jose Mourinho refused to blame the collapse on Bale though, and now, back at a place where fans are excited to see him play, he is ready to kick on and get more wins.

‘It’s a big reason why I play well,’ he said. ‘You want to be loved, appreciated, and to come back here, I’ll give everything for the shirt.’


After a string of injuries last season, Jose Mourinho now appears to have a wealth of talent at his disposal, and Bale may even find himself fighting for a spot.

He knows where will be rotation this year due to the fixture congestion, saying: ‘It’s a great squad, it’s got a lot of depth and a lot of good players. Hopefully we can use that to our advantage. Everybody’s going to be used this season and it’s good to have competition.’

In fact, it was another new signing, Carlos Vinicius, that received a lot of the headlines during the game after having putting on an excellent performance where he did everything except get on the score sheet.

Son Heung-Min also got himself a goal, as did Lucas Moura, on a night where Tottenham showed they can still get by without Harry Kane on the pitch.


Bale says ‘GOODBYE’ to all Madrid Squad during his last training


Real Madrid had their fourth training session of the week on Thursday as they continue their preparations for their LaLiga Santander opener on Sunday away at Real Sociedad.

Gareth Bale, who is on the verge of completing a return to Tottenham Hotspur, was not present on the pitches at Valdebebas as he worked out in the gym.

Officially, this is due to a blow to his left knee which he picked up whilst playing for Wales against Bulgaria, although he was able to see out the full 90 minutes and didn’t appear to have any problems.

Since that day, September 6, and his subsequent return to the Spanish capital, Bale has not set foot on the pitches at Real Madrid’s training ground.


It seems that there will be no photos of Bale’s final hours as a Real Madrid player, since his return to Spurs – as well as the transfer of Sergio Reguilon – will be closed in the coming hours.

In addition to Bale, Lucas Vazquez and Eder Militao also worked out in the gym, while Isco, Marco Asensio and Eden Hazard did specific work out on the grass.

Luka Jovic, meanwhile, completed a part of the session with the group and is in contention to be in the squad to face Real Sociedad.

The session started with a warm-up and defensive exercises without the ball.

Los Blancos then practiced possession and pressing drills before playing a match on a small pitch.

Finally, they worked on shooting.

Tomorrow, at 11:00 CEST, the Real Madrid squad will train again.


Just in: bale arrives in Tottenham


The Welsh forward was welcomed back to London like a superstar. Around 100 fans were waiting for him in Enfield. His loan deal was not made official yesterday.

Gareth Bale returned to north London as a superstar on Friday, the Welsh forward was given a warm welcome by both the local media and the fans. Bale’s return was top news story across all of the national sports media, with the BBC and Sky giving a minute-by-minute account of his arrival in the capital.

But by mid-afternoon, the mood was a little more subdued. There was still no official announcement from Spurs (regarding Bale or Reguilón), and no photographs of either player posing in the Tottenham shirt. But nor was there any hint that the deal might have fallen through – it was just that Tottenham preferred to wait until today to confirm the news and draw a bigger audience.

Bale and Reguilón arrived at a private terminal in Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas airport at around 9:00 hours yesterday. They flew together on a small, private jet, and were picked up on arrival by Tottenham officials and driven directly to the club’s training complex in Enfield. Tottenham president Daniel Levy and manager José Mourinho were seen arriving moments earlier.


When Bale arrived in London, the loan deal had been agreed but not signed. Tottenham were keen to conduct medical tests of their own – on top of the ones which the player completed in Madrid, given his history of injuries. During those tests, a minor problem with Bale’s knee was detected – an injury which he ad picked up while on international duty with Wales and for which he had been receiving treatment. That will delay his debut, which would not have come in tomorrow’s meeting with Southampton because for that to happen, he would have needed to have been registered with the FA by midday on Friday.

Terms of Bale’s loan move to Spurs
Spurs did confirm to local media that it is a one-year loan deal without the possibility of an automatic extension. As for the financial details of the operation, there are two versions coming out of England – one says that Tottenham will be responsible for paying 40% of Bale’s wages, the other claims that the club will pay half of Bale’s gross 30 million euro salary, but that figure could rise to 22 million if the player reaches a series of performance-related objectives.

Bale is still a big draw in the United Kingdom. As was evident yesterday. Around 100 fans were waiting for his arrival in Enfield. When Bale’s car was spotted, the fans started chanting: “Spurs, Wales and golf, in that order!”, and “Bale, born to play for Spurs!” He was the talking point in all of the sports debates in the country’s top television programmes. Bale is smiling once again…


Asensio and Vinicius Jr battles for Bale’s no.11


Gareth Bale’s departure will free up an iconic number at Real Madrid, with No.11 left unassigned in the absence of the Welshman.

The number had been Bale’s since his 2013 arrival, but now it will be one that both Vinicius Junior and Marco Asensio will battle to get their hands on.

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It’s a number that would suit him nicely, but he hasn’t made any firm decisions and won’t comment while Bale is still a Real Madrid player.

Vinicius would also suit it well, having worn it at Flamengo. But at Real Madrid he’s had to wear No.28 and No.25.

Should he not take Bale’s shirt, he’ll have to continue with his No.25 or else take James Rodriguez’s old No.16 shirt.

Other options are Brahim Diaz’s No.21 or Asensio’s No.20, should the latter take Bale’s number.


Bale reaches Real Madrid’s training for one last time


Gareth Bale has been filmed arriving at Real Madrid’s Valdebebas training ground on Thursday morning as he edges closer to a sensational return to Tottenham.

The Wales international has agreed terms on a year-long loan deal that Sportsmail understands to be worth more than £13million.

Part of the move will be financed by Real Madrid – and Bale is relishing the prospect of reviving his career back in the Premier League.


Bale to be EPL’s top salary earner


The Welsh striker appears destined for a return to Tottenham Hotspur with his departure set to alleviate the Spanish club’s annual financial outlay.

Following his 2013 101 million euro move to Real Madrid, during his time at the club, Gareth Bale has bagged some key goals for the Spanish side, left behind a legacy overshadowed by injuries and in recent years has fallen foul of the Bernabéu faithful with lacklustre performances. The club paid the player 30 million euro last season in salary and with the striker only featuring for 1.260 minutes, (27.5% of possible playing time) this equated to Bale being paid 23,800 euro per minute of match action.

Bale’s iconic goals in the famous white shirt are undoubtedly his 2014 Copa del Rey effort where he out-sprinted Bartra at Mestalla to bag the winner and his spectacular over-head effort in the Kiev Champions League final where Zidane’s men overcame Liverpool in the 2018 final. The Welsh international was named man of the match upon being interviewed post game, demanded more playing time for the club.


Differences with Zizou
That night in May served to add to tension with French coach Zinedine Zidane with the relationship between both individuals overshadowed with tension which culminated with Bale poised to move to China in the summer of 2019 only for the LaLiga club to make an eleventh hour u-turn. Zidane’s feelings on the Cardiff born striker’s continuity at Real Madrid was epitomised in his famous “better that he leaves today rather than tomorrow” comment at a press conference.

Bale is now set to take a break from his life as a Real Madrid player despite his contract with the Spanish side not expiring until June 2022. In his time in the Spanish capital, the striker has bagged 105 goals in the white shirt, delivering 68 assists in 251 official matches. The Welsh international has secured four Champions League titles, two LaLiga winners medals along with success in one Copa del Rey final. Bale has also lifted three UEFA Super Cups, one Spanish Super Cupo and four FIFA Club World Cups.


Shocking: Tottenham completes the signing of Bale and Regulion


The signings of Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon could see Tottenham’s formation change as Jose Mourinho completes one of the biggest tactical shifts of his long and illustrious managerial career.

Bale’s return would be a major coup for Spurs and reignite enthusiasm from supporters but the onus would be on Mourinho to make best use of his undoubted ability. The acquisition of Bale’s young Real Madrid team-mate could prove to be a key factor in achieving that.

It will surely bring a change of formation, one hinted at since Mourinho arrived.


Right from the start of his Spurs reign, Mourinho’s idea was to deploy Ben Davies as a defensive left-back sweeping to cover the centre-backs with Serge Aurier free to race forward and provide the width on the right. Building with a back three was his vision.

The subsequent injury to Davies – sustained in his first game in charge – became a theme of press conferences, as well as the subsequent documentary series on Spurs’ season. The loss of Harry Kane cost Spurs points, but it was the injury to Davies that jeopardised his plans.

So wedded was Mourinho to this asymmetrical formation that he ended up utilising Japhet Tanganga out of position there rather than playing the more experienced England left-back Danny Rose. That decision even led to Rose’s departure on loan to Newcastle last season.

In conversation with Rose, Mourinho cited the greater physicality of Tanganga as a key factor in his decision. It was a clear indication that the qualities he wanted in his left-back were very different from the demands of the position on the opposite flank.

Serge Aurier was encouraged to raid forward on the right and play a very different role. In part, this was because – something openly stated by Mourinho – he does not trust Aurier in defensive situations. This was him accommodating those weaknesses.


Following Davies’ return from injury, Spurs enjoyed some success reverting to the original plan and the transfer business prior to the opening weekend of the season appeared to suggest that the vision for this season was to upgrade rather than overhaul this idea.

The signing of Matt Doherty was widely regarded as a straightforward upgrade even though he had been used as a wing-back at Wolves. Aurier’s role was so attacking anyway that it could be argued that a natural wing-back on that right side made more sense.

The move for Reguilon is different. He is not a like-for-like upgrade on Davies. His attacking qualities mean that he is more suited to mirroring the role of Doherty on the right than slotting seamlessly into the existing shape. A formation change would appear inevitable.

Switching to a genuine back three makes sense.

It was as an offensive force rather than a defensive full-back that Reguilon caught the eye for Real Madrid before thriving on loan at Sevilla. Mourinho has operated with attacking full-backs before. But this Spurs defence needs too much help for that to be a serious option.


It is more likely that Reguilon would find himself in the sort of positions that Heung-Min Son has often found himself expected to take up in this lopsided Tottenham formation. With little attacking threat coming from Davies, Son has had to come deeper to collect the ball.

Son could be one of the big winners if Mourinho switches to a 3-4-3 formation because the presence of a wide man outside him on the left would free him to push forward into the box and find himself closer to Kane in attack. That would play to his strengths.

The benefits for Dele Alli are less obvious and perhaps that helps to explain why his name has been mentioned as a possible factor in any deal with Real Madrid. The 3-4-3 formation effectively removes his role – one that is so central to the 4-2-3-1 formation.

While it might seem a negative move to withdraw an attacking midfielder to bring in a full-back, the introduction of Reguilon in his natural position would not only push Son into more threatening areas, providing much-needed support for Kane, but it would help others too.


Doherty would be free to play the wing-back role in which he impressed for Wolves without leaving the wide open spaces behind him that Everton were able to exploit on the opening weekend. Toby Alderweireld playing on the right of a three-man defence would avoid that.

It would also suit Eric Dier, on his return to defence, if he were able to play as a sweeper with defensive cover either side of him rather than as a marker. His experience of years in midfield could even enable him to step up and distribute from there if the game demanded it.

The partnership of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Harry Winks looked bereft of creativity against Everton but greater passing options out wide could alleviate those concerns. The presence of a back three behind them could even allow Giovani Lo Celso to be used in a deeper role.

Having wing-backs stretching the play could see Tottenham’s formation become more like a front five in possession with Son and Bale, two potent scorers, getting closer to Kane in attack and delivering the sort of numbers needed to take Spurs forward.

That is crucial to unlocking Bale’s full potential.


Getting the best from Bale
The Welshman remains a physical specimen but at the age of 31, the days of him powering past opponents with sheer speed are drawing to a close. While he retains the threat of going by markers on the outside, his chief weapon now is cutting inside on that famed left foot.

With Doherty providing the width, Bale could be used as an inside rather than an outside right – putting him more often in that zone from which he found the net no fewer than nine times from outside the penalty box in his most recent season as a Premier League player.

Nobody has come close to those numbers since. That not only serves as a reminder of just how dangerous that Bale can be but it underlines the potential transformation in potency that his arrival could bring. The heavy scoring load on Kane could be shared.

Lucas Moura scored only four goals in 35 Premier League appearances last season at a rate of one every 562 minutes spent on the pitch. It is a paltry return for a player in the offensive line and a key differential between Tottenham and those teams they aspire to catch.


Liverpool have had great success by feeding the ball to Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in the channels with their full-backs providing the width. Could Spurs hope for similar returns from Bale and Son if they can set up the system to position them in those same zones?

It requires special full-backs, hard-working midfielders and centre-backs who are world class in one-on-one situations for Liverpool to make that work in a 4-3-3 formation. For Tottenham, it would seem more achievable with that extra man at the back in a 3-4-3.

It is not a formation that is alien to the club’s supporters, of course. Mauricio Pochettino switched to a back three during the 2016/17 season after enjoying success with 4-2-3-1.

He used it to give his side an extra man at the back – notably using it against Watford’s two-striker system – while encouraging Kyle Walker and Danny Rose to attack as wing-backs.


Many of the Spurs squad remain from those days so the formation would not be new to them – but it would be a major departure for Mourinho from his tried and trusted methods.

He is a coach who has enjoyed so much success over the past two decades that it would be understandable for him to be reluctant to embrace a formation different to the one with which he has won two Champions League finals and no fewer than seven domestic league titles.

And yet, it now seems the natural step for his Tottenham team to make a similar tactical tweak to the one adopted by Arsenal, of all teams, under Mikel Arteta. “I think Mikel has found a way for them to play and to be stable and to improve,” said Mourinho recently.

Tottenham are in search of that same stability and improvement. If the signings of Bale and Reguilon help them to find it with their own switch to 3-4-3 it would be an evolution for the team – and their celebrated coach.


Bale Tottenham’s move: who gets advantage? Bale or Tottenham


The Welshman could be making an emotional return to his former club, but what can a 31-year-old Bale offer to Jose Mourinho’s side?

Gareth Bale appears to be closing in on a sensational return to Tottenham Hotspur, seven years after he left for Real Madrid. The Welshman, now 31 years old, has fallen out of favour in the Spanish capital and his agent Jonathan Barnett has revealed that he believes a deal is possible.

“There’s a long way to go on some issues, but without doubt Gareth is closer to leaving Madrid than at any time in last seven years,” he said.

“The deal is complicated, but there’s reason to believe a deal is close and things could move very quickly if discussions continue to go well.”

Bale made his name as a world class player during a six-year stint with Spurs from 2007 to 2013, winning the PFA Players’ Player of the Year on two occasions. His time in North London came to an end when Real Madrid paid around €100 million for his services.


A lot has changed in the seven years since Gareth Bale’s last game for the club, when he scored a brilliant last minute winner against Sunderland, so what would his signing mean for Spurs?

Bale could be missing piece of Mourinho’s attack
Despite struggling to tie down a place during his last few years in Madrid the Welshman is still one of the world’s finest attacking talents on his day. He has contributed 126 goals (80 goals and 46 assists) in 171 La Liga appearances and boasts four Champions League winners’ medals.

He is usually deployed as a wide forward, an area in which Spurs seem fairly well-stocked with Son Heung-Min, Lucas Moura, Eric Lamela and Steven Bergwijn in those positions.

However Jose Mourinho is desperate to sign another striker before the transfer window ends, saying recently: “But I want to make it very clear that the club – if you want to call it the club or the structure above me – knows I need a striker and they also want a striker.


Mourinho tends to play with a physically powerful centre forward and at 1.85m and blessed with strength and pace, Bale could fit the bill. In recent years he has found himself deployed more centrally for the national team and he could be an option down the middle when Spurs captain Harry Kane is unavailable.

Genuine star presence
Tottenham Hotspur have changed a lot in recent seasons. They moved to a glamourous new stadium, hired a big-name manager in Mourinho and recently released a behind-the-scenes Amazon documentary. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy seems intent on building the club’s brand and the arrival of a global star like Bale would certainly help raise their profile.

The 31-year-old still has plenty to offer on the pitch but the Real Madrid man’s commercial potential will also appeal to a shrewd operator like Levy. His experience could also be invaluable as Spurs look to win their first piece of silverware since the 2008 League Cup, when an 18-year-old Bale missed the final due to injury.


Enormous wage demands
Bale’s days at Madrid have appeared numbered since Zidane announced in August that the forward “didn’t want to play” in the Champions League tie against Manchester City. However the Welshman still has two years remaining on a contract believed to be worth around €600,000 per week, a colossal amount of money even a club of Real’s size.

It has been reported in the Telegraph that the Spanish side are so desperate to reduce their wage bill that they would be willing to continue paying half of his salary for the remainder of his contract. Even if the North London club were only covering 50% of his earnings, the eighth-highest paid footballer in the world would still be their biggest wage expense.

Back in June Tottenham were forced to take out a £175 million government loan to help deal with loss of revenue due to the pandemic so Bale would represent a sizeable risk for the club. But if he can recapture some of the form from his first spell in North London, it will be an investment worth making.


Just In: Tottenham now leads the race to sign Bale challenging Man United


Spurs will try to bring Bale back on the express wishes of José Mourinho, who tried to sign him when he was at United.

Gareth Bale is stirring interest in England. The most keen to take the Real Madrid forward is Manchester United, especially as they look set to miss out on Jadon Sancho with Borussia Dortmund refusing point blank to negotiate a lower price, but Bale’s old club Tottenham are also considering a move for the Welshman. According to NobleSports, Spurs, who Bale left in 2013 to join Real Madrid for 101 million euros, are now the frontrunners in the situation.

It remains to be seen what Tottenham will be prepared to offer, although Madrid might be resigned to accept a no-cost loan deal and also possibly pay part of Bale’s huge salary (14.5 million euros net per season); whatever it takes to get a player who doesn’t figure in Zidane’s plans off their payroll. The relationship between the coach and Bale has hit a point of no return and the best option would be for the player to leave Madrid.

Mourinho keen to take Bale
José Mourinho is eager to bring Bale back to north London. The coach has tried to lure Bale back to England in the past when he was manager at Manchester United; during a pre-season friendly in 2017, Mou was captured on camera saying: “I can’t sign you because you aren’t saying anything,” – his way of urging the winger to publicly say he wanted to leave. That move never materialised, Madrid renewed Bale’s contract until 2022 and the situation started to slowly decline, eventually reaching the untenable point it is in today.


‘Madrid are making things difficult for me’ – Bale


Gareth Bale’s future at Real Madrid looks bleak and Ramon Calderón has suggested the outcast forward may even be allowed to leave for free.

Real Madrid turned down a €100million bid from a Premier League club for Gareth Bale last year, according to the Spanish side’s former president Ramon Calderón.

Bale EPL move denied by Madrid
Bale hit out at Madrid in an explosive interview on Wednesday, accusing the LaLiga giants of “making things very difficult” for him to move away from the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Wales international was on the brink of joining Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning in July 2019, only for Madrid to pull the plug on a deal at the 11th hour.

And Calderón – Madrid president between 2006 and 2009 – has claimed an unnamed English club also stepped forward with a big offer for Bale 12 months ago.


“I know in the last day of the transfer window last year there was an offer from the Premier League,” he told talkSPORT.

“They offered €100m [£89.12m] and Real Madrid turned down that offer because they thought Bale would be a player in their side.”

Asked to reveal the identity of the Premier League team in question, with Manchester United among those linked, Calderón said: “I’m not allowed to say the name, though I do know the name of the club.

“I think at the end there was a disagreement as Madrid decided not to sell the player, because they thought he was a player who could be used and be in the starting line-up.

“But I think the player neither wants to leave nor to reduce his salary. It is true his salary is very high, but in 2016 the club decided to increase his salary.

“It is difficult for any club to pay that salary, especially knowing the situation of football nowadays.”

Bale made just 20 appearances in all competitions in 2019-20 and asked to be left out of the squad to face Manchester City in last month’s Champions League last-16 second leg.


The former Tottenham player has two years to run on the contract he signed in 2016 and Calderon suggested it may well be a case of Madrid terminating that deal if his situation does not improve.

“I think his agent was here yesterday trying to get a deal,” he said. “But I don’t see any club paying that salary.

“And, on top of that, if Real Madrid want to get a transfer fee, that’s impossible.

“I think Real Madrid would now be willing to let him go without any transfer fee – that would be the solution.

“But in that case, I don’t see any club paying €40m a year for a player who is 31 and who hasn’t been playing regularly in the last two years.”

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Gareth Bale has been left out of the Real Madrid squad for the Champions League clash against Manchester City on Friday.

The Welshman’s relationship with Zinedine Zidane has been rocky throughout the season but the Frenchman’s latest decision appears to signify that it is irreparable.

Bale wasn’t called up for the last league game of the season against Leganes and has not played since June 24 against Mallorca, which may have been his last game for Real Madrid.

Since that appearance at Son Moix, in which he started and played 71 minutes, Bale has been on the bench six times but hasn’t played a single minute.


Zidane has named 24 players for the trip, including captain Sergio Ramos despite being suspended.

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Alphonse Areola, Diego Altube

Defenders: Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Ferland Mendy, Javi Hernandez.

Midfielders: Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Fede Valverde, Isco

Forwards: Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema, Lucas Vazquez, Luka Jovic, Marco Asensio, Brahim Diaz, Vinicius, Rodrygo.

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It’s one year exactly since Real Madrid changed their mind about allowing Gareth Bale to join Jiangsu Suning. The Spanish club rue the decision more than ever in the current financial crisis and are increasingly resigned to it costing them right up until the end of Bale’s contract in 2022.

‘If Gareth Bale can leave tomorrow then even better,’ Zinedine Zidane had previously said in July 2019. He was told Bale’s move to China was imminent and would be waved through by the club’s board.

Tomorrow never came. Real Madrid were beaten in New Jersey, by Atletico Madrid 7-3, in what was the first ever Madrid derby to be played outside of Europe. It was an embarrassing scoreline and it played a part in the change of heart.

That result, plus a belief that other players such as James Rodriguez could be sold for big fees meant that the Spanish club blocked Bale’s move on what would have amounted to a free transfer.

Zinedine Zidane’s future also looked fragile at the time and the possibility that he would be replaced by a more Bale-friendly coach who could get the best out of the forward also encouraged Madrid president Florentino Perez to hold on to his asset.

As Toni Kroos admitted in an interview this week, the effect on Bale was anything but positive. He told the podcast Lauschangriff: ‘I think he originally wanted to leave last summer and that the club said yes to it and then they said no. I don’t know if he’s still a little upset about it.’


Bale had originally been reluctant to make the move. But he had come around to the idea of being the marquee signing not just for a club but for the entire China Super League and he was ready to pack his bags.

They were matching his 17m euros net Real Madrid salary. That money, doubled if tax payable by the club is added to it, is what Madrid will have to keep paying Bale until 2022.

The decision to make him stay could end up costing them 100m taking into account last season and the two he still has on his contract, although the figure is liable to fluctuate according to pay cuts agreed by the squad.

Real Madrid players accepted a 10 per cent cut after last season was interrupted because of the coronavirus and another agreed cut could be forthcoming.


There are currently no plans for any talks between the club and Bale’s representatives. They see no reason to sit down with Madrid while the player has two more seasons left to run on his deal.

The losses anticipated from Real Madrid having to play six games behind closed doors last season, and close their stadium to tourists from March has drastically affected the club’s financial plans. There are no immediate plans for next season to start with supporters inside stadiums either and so Madrid could accept Bale leaving on a free.

The problem now is the lack of suitors able to pay his wages. Changes in the laws governing what clubs can pay players has made China a far less attractive destination.

And no one in the Premier League, where Bale has never shown any desire to return even when Manchester United wanted him, is willing to match his Madrid salary.


Bale ought to be in the group of players that travels to Manchester for the Champions League last-16 second leg but he is unlikely to be involved in the game.

Last season started well for him as the injury to Zidane favourite Marco Asensio meant he started six of the first eight games with two goals and two assists.

But he was used increasingly less as the season progressed and as Zidane picks his team to face City he has Eden Hazard, Vinicius, Rodrygo Goes, Asensio, Lucas Vazquez and Isco all vying for the two spots in the team either side of Karim Benzema.

Bale believes he has next to no chance of being picked ahead of those six.

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Gareth Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, spoke about the future of the Real Madrid player. Despite the lack of minutes, he wants to remain at Los Blancos.

Gareth Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, spoke again, and this time he did so to lighten the mood a bit. After Zidane didn’t even call him up for the last La Liga match of the season, the player’s agent had a conciliatory tone. However, he warned that Bale doesn’t want to go anywhere.

“Gareth is fine. He has two years left on his contract”, Barnett told the ‘BBC’. “Gareth is not looking to outlast Zinedine Zidane. Mr Zidane has been very successful”, the agent continued.


“There’s no hatred. Mr Zidane just does not want to play him. Gareth trains every day and he trains well”, Barnett insisted.

Making the most of the opportunity, the players’ agent stuck his chest out again because of Bale’s quality, who hasn’t been able to demonstrate his good football at almost any point in a controversial season.

“Gareth is one of the best players in the world. The best players in the world do not go out on loan. Of course there’s been interest but there’s hardly a club in the world which can afford him. It’s a great loss that he’s not in the Real Madrid team at the moment but he will not leave”, Barnett said.


With or without crowd, Bale still fails to Impress


Gareth Bale passed his half an hour on the pitch against Eibar as a largely unnoticed presence – like a ghost.


Unfortunately for Real Madrid, that’s what we’ve come to expect of the Welshman now.

With the score at 3-1 and Eibar pushing forward to score a second, Bale was brought on to make the most of the gaps left behind.

However, his impact on the match was virtually zero.

Zinedine Zidane surprisingly opted for Rodrygo Goes in his starting line-up, but it was no shock that the Brazilian started ahead of Bale.


The former Tottenham forward hasn’t given his boss much of a reason to start him this season having failed to score in LaLiga Santander since netting twice against Villarreal back in September.

Some thought that Bale would play a bit more freely now that matches were played away from the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu – where he hasn’t scored since March 2019 – and in front of an empty stadium.

There was little evidence against Eibar that these changes would make any difference to the Welshman’s performances.


His match numbers speak volumes: he completed seven of his 11 passes, he lost the ball five times, he won it back once and he didn’t attempt a single shot.

Those statistics are concerning, but it’s the lack of energy he relayed that was most worrying.

Vinicius came on alongside Bale and, in contrast to his older teammate, he was brighter and more of a threat down the left wing.


The Brazilian didn’t have his best game, but his desire and hunger to impress saw him stand out a lot more than Bale.

The 30-year-old has lost his place on the right wing – if he ever had it under Zidane – and it seems he’s behind Rodrygo in the pecking order now, with Isco and Lucas Vazquez also waiting for a chance.

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Newcastle is no Match, Bale Should stay at Madrid – berbatov



Newcastle is no Match, Bale Should stay at Madrid – berbatov

Gareth Bale is being tipped to remain in his current surroundings despite the transfer talk that continues to swirl around him, with Dimitar Berbatov admitting “you cannot compare Newcastle with Real Madrid”.


The Wales international has seen a move away from Santiago Bernabeu mooted for some time and a return to the Premier League for the former Tottenham forward is considered to be his best option, although a completely new challenge could be sought in MLS or China.

Berbatov admits that his ex-Spurs team-mate needs to find more regular game time from somewhere, but is not convinced that the 30-year-old will walk away from Madrid for the sake of it.

He is also less than convinced that Newcastle, who are the subject of a potential £300 million ($366m) takeover, can be the ones to lure Bale back to English football.

~Gareth Bale

Berbatov told Betfair of a man he once played alongside in north London: “Every time Gareth Bale is mentioned it is a case of will he leave Real Madrid, will he stay, is he playing, is he scoring, is he playing golf, why is he playing golf?

“It’s tiring and in my opinion, he has his agent, his family, his surroundings and if they think that Madrid is the right place for him then he will stay, it doesn’t matter what anyone else says.

“Many people think he needs to leave Madrid and some of the supporters want him to leave, but I think he likes it there and if that is the case that is all that will matter to him.


“Personally, I want to see him play more, score more and produce the performances like he has done in the past. If you are not appreciated where you are, then you go somewhere else.

“At Real Madrid his goals to games ratio has been really impressive and some of the goals he has scored during his time there have been amazing, the type of goals that average players cannot score.

“Look at that goal he scored in the Champions League final against Liverpool – it speaks volumes for the quality he has. You can know a lot about a player by the type of goals they score and the goals that Bale has scored really tell me that he has a lot of quality.

“There have been a lot of reports about Newcastle possibly signing Bale, he has been at Real Madrid for some time now, he has won so many trophies and he is appreciated around the world for the football he plays. But with all due respect, you cannot compare Newcastle with Real Madrid.


“If Newcastle want to get him, they need to show him that they are building something. The coach needs somebody with whom he can connect and that might mean they have to get a new coach.

“If Newcastle appoint Mauricio Pochettino, then OK, great start, but then they need to tell him what other players they are going to sign. If he sees all that and he likes what he sees, maybe he will consider it, but for me, I think he will stay at Real Madrid.”




Bale’s wages make MLS move almost impossible


The Welsh attacker wants to play in the MLS at some stage but his wages along with salary caps and the financial hit caused by coronavirus make it a pipe dream.


Gareth Bale sent a message to the MLS during the pandemic that he would be willing to move there. But is a move to the United States a possibiltiy for Bale? It seems almost impossible.

His move to China during the summer of 2019 was called off at the last minute due to transfer laws in the country preventing any clubs paying Real Madrid for what Bale is worth.

In the MLS, it’s even more strict. The country’s top flight football leagues predict they will lose hundreds of millions of dollars over the coronavirus pandemic. They are currently negotiating with the players’ union over a reduction of salaries by up to 50%.

The tax system is also tough to navigate for and Bale refuses to drop his salary. His current wage is four times higher than former Madrid player, Chicharito Hernández, who is the best paid player in the league.

Chicharito is paid 9 million dollars gross and Bale makes 14.5 million euro net. Bale’s salary would have to be 31 million dollars to come out with the same amount as he does now.

The MLS does not function like European leagues with a salary cap placed on teams and players. Only three players do not fall under the salary cap in any given squad. The rest of the players on the team can only make 590,000 dollars a year.

“The only solution would be that Gareth accepts a decrease in his pay because no franchise will be able to pay his Madrid salary. He will have to think about other ways to generate income from image rights,” says Juan Arango, football expert with Mexican-American TV channel, TUDN.

“Will he be willing to lose half of his wages at Madrid to come to America? I doubt it, but maybe he could value the more human side of things, like getting rid of the pressure and having a more peaceful live in a country where nobody will criticise him for playing golf.”



James on Bale comparison: “I think it’s a bit silly”


Manchester United winger Daniel James does not believe he should be compared to Wales team-mate Gareth Bale.


Daniel James feels it is a “bit too much” to be compared to Wales team-mate Gareth Bale.

Winger James made an instant impact for Manchester United following his arrival from Swansea City prior to the 2019-20 season, scoring on his home debut in a 4-0 win over Chelsea.

He has since managed to add two more goals in the Premier League, as well as another for the Red Devils in the Europa League before the ongoing campaign was halted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The 22-year-old’s lightning pace and willingness to run at opposing players has led some to draw similarities to Bale, yet James instead sees the Real Madrid superstar – who he describes as a “just a normal guy” – as an inspirational figure.

“I don’t think you can compare me to him,” James told Sky Sports.

“To play with him at Wales is obviously amazing. For anyone that doesn’t know him, he’s such a great guy. Just a normal guy really. He’s great with the youngsters and great around the place.


Bale comparisons “a bit much” for James
“But to be compared to him is a bit too much, I think.

“What he’s done in his career, how he changed from a left-back to a left midfielder, to win the Champions League… it’s just amazing what he has done.

“Players like him are the ones you look up to, but I think being compared to him is a bit silly.”

James has also had the chance to play alongside one of his childhood idols at club level this season, having always admired Juan Mata.


The Spaniard is not just a role model on the pitch, however, also helping the new boy settle in at Old Trafford.

“When I first met him, he came and sat next to me in the changing room and said, ‘I know it’s a big move for you, if you need anything here is my number and if you ever need to talk about anything I’m here.’ That was obviously great for me,” James revealed.

He added on Mata: “He’s just someone that I’ve always looked up to and to play in the same team as him is just surreal for me.”



‘Shy and introvert bale has been too vulnerable to injuries’


Gareth Bale’s biggest problem at Real Madrid has been his vulnerability to injuries, according to the club’s youth coordinator Stefan Kohfahl.


The Welshman completed a then world-record £85 million ($106m) switch from Tottenham to Madrid back in 2013, and has gone on to win plenty of silverware during his time in the Spanish capital.

Bale has captured four Champions League crowns, a La Liga title, a Copa del Rey and three Club World Cups at the Bernabeu, but his time at the club could be nearing its end.

The 30-year-old has suffered through a number of injuries in recent seasons, with calf, ankle and adductor problems among the issues that have forced him to the sidelines.


Bale nearly moved to China before the 2019-20 season, with a proposed transfer to CSL side Jiangsu Suning “90 per cent” done before it fell through, according to the club’s head coach Cosmin Olaroiu.

A move away from Real Madrid could still be on the cards, with Bale admitting this week that Major League Soccer is an interesting prospect for him.

Kohfahl has said that Bale deserves more respect than he gets, saying that he has been stellar for the club when he’s on the pitch.


“His ratings with Real are incredible,” Kohfahl told Goal and SPOX.

“The problem is his vulnerability to injury. He is actually a shy and modest person, very introverted. He’s also under pressure, of course. It would make me happy if more respect comes from the audience and he gets back on his feet again.”

Bale has seen his place in the team come under threat from young talent imported from abroad like Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior, as well as talent developed in Madrid like Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez.


Kohfahl believes that Madrid would be well served by giving its academy stars a shot to impress in the first team, saying Madrid’s Under-23 side is the world’s best.

“Real always has a large number of its own young players in the squad,” Kohfahl said. “That has always been a main focus. This season, with Nacho, [Dani] Carvajal and Casemiro, there are again some top-class players.

“In addition, players like Sergio Ramos, [Karim] Benzema and Raphael Varane came to Real Madrid at the age of 20 and have matured here to become world-class players. Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo, Valverde and Reinier are also taking this route.”



Bale: The MLS is on the rise, it is definitely something that would interest me


Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has had his future discussed for the last couple of years, but the Welshman has now intimated that he would be in favour of a move to the MLS in the United States.


A transfer to China fell through last summer, yet everything points towards Bale finally departing the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu this summer.

“I like it. It’s a league on the rise and continues to grow,” Bale said on The Hat Trick podcast with Charles Stillitano, Executive Chairman of the International Champions Cup.

“Many players want to come to the MLS right now, it is definitely something that would interest me.

“I love going to LA on vacation. I play a lot of golf when I’m there.”


During the season, Bale sparked outrage from some sections of Real Madrid’s supporters by celebrating with a flag that said ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order’ on it, but the 30-year-old explained the back story to it.

“I saw the flag a few weeks before, there were photos online,” Bale stated.

“And they said that if we qualified, they would take it out to celebrate with it.

“We all celebrated as a team, but I didn’t take it.

“People can see it as they like, but I celebrated that my country had qualified and I laughed about it.”


Bale’s goal to secure the Copa del Rey trophy against Barcelona was a moment in which he showed what he could offer to Los Blancos, and it is a match he remembers fondly.

“That first victory gave us confidence for what came next,” he commented.

“I remember that Cristiano [Ronaldo] was injured and I played up front with [Karim] Benzema.

“I tried to enjoy the game; it was a special match against Barcelona.”


Then, in Real Madrid’s most recent Champions League final triumph against Liverpool, Bale scored two goals en route to the trophy, one of which will go down in folklore.

“I remember the ball coming, reacting to it, seeing the ball fall into the net, there is silence in the stadium… It’s a great memory, I didn’t have much time to think about it,” Bale explained.

“Marcelo knew that if he put the ball in the box, we would try to get on the end of it; we all celebrated the goal.”



Bale admits he is Still a Tottenham fan

Gareth Bale has given Tottenham fans hope that he could one day return to the club from Real Madrid after admitting he is still a Spurs fan.

Bale became one of the world’s best wingers in north London before leaving Spurs for the Bernabeu in the summer of 2013 for what was then a world-record transfer of £86million.

But Bale’s future in the Spanish capital remains uncertain with manager Zinedine Zidane still unsure if the Welshman has what it takes to be a regular starter for his side.

A return to Spurs was an option in January but Bale’s wages proved too costly. But he has now hinted he would be open to a move back because of his affection for the club.

In an appearance on BT Sport’s Throwbacks programme, where he discussed Spurs losing in last season’s Champions League final, Bale said: ‘Everybody loves tuning in to watch the Champions League final, and obviously Tottenham were there so I had a very keen interest, I was hoping they’d get to the final like they did.

‘They had some great matches on the way, obviously in the semi-final.

‘For us Tottenham fans it was a bit disappointing in the final, but you have to look at the bigger picture.

‘They did great to get there and gave a good account of themselves.’

Reports emerged around deadline day in January that Bale was in talks to return to Spurs but nothing came of negotiations regarding the 30-year-old.

Bale is contracted to Real until 2022 and being paid £500,000 per week, which would always pose a problem for Tottenham, who are known to keep a tight grip on their wage bill.

It was even reported that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy travelled to Madrid for talks with his Real Madrid counterpart Florentino Perez.

Last summer he nearly headed to China to play for Jiangsu Suning – one of the few clubs that could afford his salary – but the transfer broke down.

But it emerged earlier this week that Bale will be staying put this summer as they put off signing any galacticos while coronavirus takes its toll on the club’s finances.

Although the 30-year-old Welshman would likely draw a hefty sum, Madrid want to hang on to him for now as they make preparations for a season without a major acquisitions, according to The Sun.


Real Madrid prepares to flog up to 11 players in summer sales

Less than a year after investing heavily in Eder Militao, Rodrygo, Luka Jovic, Eden Hazard and Alphonse Areola, Florentino Pérez and Zinedine Zidane, the Real Madrid president and coach, respectively, are planning another squad overhaul.
Results this season have not lived up to expectations and the club have a long list of players they no longer count on. Pending what happens with the coronavirus crisis and football, up to 11 players could leave the club.

The list of damned players is headed by Gareth Bale. The season keep on passing and the winger, now 30, has not lived up to the 101 million invested in him. Injuries have been a major problem.

But the Welshman’s not the only player on the exit ramp. James Rodriguez and Mariano Diaz are in the same position. It’s unlikely others, like Brahim Diaz and Álvaro Odriozola will continue, either. Odriozola is on loan at Bayern Munich and the possible return of Achraf Hakimi will make his permanent departure inevitable.

As for Brahim, he has made just seven appearances this season and will have to find football elsewhere.

Three recent signings in Jovic, Militao and Areola could also be changing scenery. The first two have failed to make their mark and Zidane is unlikely to back them staying at the club. The Serbian striker’s been the season’s big disappointment. He has two goals in 24 games after joining for 60 million euros.

Things haven’t gone much better for Brazil defender Militao. He has made 13 appearances and has featured in a lot of Madrid’s losses. Madrid would consider a loan or a sale.

Areola could return to PSG after completing his loan spell at the Bernabeu.

The special cases involve Luka Modric, Marcelo and Lucas Vázquez. The emergence of Fede Valverde has left Modric’s position up for the debate. That, plus the fact he’s nearly 35 and in the final year of his contract, could see him leave.

Marcelo, who will turn 32 next month, has been overtaken by Ferland Mendy and Madrid don’t rule out letting the Brazilian leave — if that is what he wants.

Finally, Lucas Vazquez could also leave. He has one year left on his deal and is nearly 29.


Bale set to stay at Madrid for another year as they ‘put major signings on hold’

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale will be staying put this summer with Los Blancos set to put off signings any galacticos as coronavirus takes its toll on the club’s finances.

Bale has had a hugely successful career for the Spanish giants but speculation has often linked him with a move away from the club amid rumours of unhappiness in Madrid and tension with supporters.

But although the 30-year-old Welshman would likely draw a hefty sum, Madrid want to hang on to him for now as they make preparations for a season without a major acquisitions, according to the Sun.

The impact of the worldwide pandemic should hit a number of clubs hard this year, with football’s suspension taking away matchday revenue and sponsorship money, but the impact at the Bernabeu will be notable as they contend with a £500million stadium redevelopment.

This means that fans who are used to seeing the likes of Eden Hazard, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric will be disappointed this time around.

Former Tottenham star Bale still has two years left on his contract with Madrid, and he has been keen to stay in the Spanish capital where his family are settled. Now the club have told him they are happy for him to do so, the report adds.

Moving to the Premier League remains a difficult proposition for the Wales international, with few clubs able to pay his current £650,000-a-week wages.

Last summer he nearly headed to China to play for Jiangsu Suning – one of the few clubs that could afford his salary – but the transfer broke down.

It would have seen him earn an eye-watering £1m a week but Madrid pulled the plug. Staying for another year would give him a chance to show his worth to manager Zinedine Zidane, who has had an up and down relationship with the star

Bale has spent nearly seven years with the club since joining for a then-world record fee of £85m from Tottenham in 2013.

He has since won every trophy there is to win with Madrid – including one LaLiga title and four Champions League trophies. He has scored 105 goals in 249 appearances but has recently endured a fractious relationship with the club’s supporters amid accusations he is not fully committed to the cause.