Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale to be moved out to left-back at Real Madrid?

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is reportedly considering the possibility of using Gareth Bale at left-back next season. Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is reportedly considering a change of position for Gareth Bale. The Wales international has taken on a number of roles during his career, but the 29-year-old has been purely deployed in the final third during his time at the Bernabeu. Bale has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League, but according to AS, Real are looking for an alternative if they cannot cash in on the attacker. The report suggests that using Bale at left-back is an option for Zidane, with the player having featured there for both Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur. Marcelo and Sergio Reguilon are currently competing for the left-back spot, but it appears ...

Real Madrid to let Gareth Bale leave on loan?

Real Madrid are reportedly considering whether to allow Gareth Bale to leave the club on loan during the summer window. Real Madrid are reportedly considering loan offers for Gareth Bale. The Wales international has enjoyed a successful period at the Bernabeu, but the forward finds himself out of favour with Zinedine Zidane and the club’s supporters. The 29-year-old continues to be linked with a return to the Premier League, but according to Marca, there has been little interest in a permanent deal. The report suggests that Real will now consider loan bids for the attacker in a bid to reduce their wage bill ahead of next season. Bale is said to be happy with life in Spain, but it has become increasingly evident that the player may struggle for game-time under Zidane. The former Totte...

Gareth Bale ‘refusing to leave Real Madrid unless wages are met’

Gareth Bale will refuse to leave Real Madrid this summer unless his huge wages are met, according to a report. Gareth Bale will reportedly refuse to leave Real Madrid in this summer’s transfer window unless his huge wages – said to be in the region of £700,000 a week – are met. Bale still has three years left to run on his contract at the Bernabeu, but the 29-year-old has struggled for form this season and it is understood that Zinedine Zidane wants the Welshman to be sold. According to The Mirror, though, the former Tottenham Hotspur attacker will refuse to leave the European champions unless his current financial package is met. Previous reports have placed Bale on around £350,000 a week at Madrid, but The Mirror has claimed that the actual figure is closer to double th...

Result: Karim Benzema nets hat-trick in Real Madrid win

Karim Benzema scores a hat-trick as Real Madrid record a 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Sunday afternoon. Karim Benzema scored a hat-trick to take his season tally to 30 as Real Madrid recorded a 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in Sunday afternoon’s La Liga clash at the Bernabeu. The victory has seen Madrid return to within four points of second-placed Atletico Madrid in the table, while Bilbao remain seventh, three points off sixth-placed Valencia, who now have a game in hand. © Reuters Gareth Bale was again left out of the Madrid XI with Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez chosen to support Benzema in the final third of the field. Marcelo‘s energy down the left was a key feature of Madrid’s threat inside the first 10 minutes, but Bilbao were also having their momen...

Wednesday Papers: Nicolas Pepe, Gareth Bale, Ryan Sessegnon

What the papers say Nicolas Pepe is being eyed up by Chelsea as a replacement for Eden Hazard, the Daily Mirror reports. The Blues have lined up the 23-year-old Lille winger in case their appeal against their transfer ban is successful, the paper says. Pepe has also been linked to Arsenal and Bayern Munich. Tottenham are leading the race to sign Fulham winger Ryan Sessegnon, the Sun says. The 18-year-old has reportedly attracted attention from Manchester United, Paris St Germain and Borussia Dortmund but Mauricio Pochettino‘s pulling power has given Spurs the edge, the paper adds. Zinedine Zidane has told Real Madrid to sell Gareth Bale, according to the Independent. The paper claims Madrid are planning major activity this summer, but also need to raise cash and lower the wage bill. ...

Zinedine Zidane ‘tells Real Madrid to sell Gareth Bale’

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane tells the club to sell Gareth Bale this summer, according to a report. Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has reportedly told the club to sell Gareth Bale this summer. Bale has scored over 100 goals for Madrid since a 2013 move from Tottenham Hotspur, helping the Spanish giants win one La Liga title, one Copa del Rey and four Champions League crowns. The 29-year-old has had a difficult 2018-19 campaign, though, managing just eight La Liga goals. Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Tottenham Hotspur are believed to be three of the clubs interested in signing the Wales international in this summer’s transfer window. According to The Indepdenent, Zidane ‘has finally tired of Bale’, with the attacker not in the plans of the returning head coach...

Zinedine Zidane “delighted” for Karim Benzema but demands more from Real Madrid

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane declared he and his players had a duty to improve after they were held 1-1 at Leganes. Jonathan Silva fired Leganes into the lead on the stroke of half-time before Karim Benzema‘s 27th goal of the season in all competitions hauled Real level early in the second period. It was another lacklustre display from Zidane’s side, who have little left to play for this season, save for a fight with city rivals Atletico Madrid for second place, after being knocked out of the Champions League and Copa del Rey. “I as the coach and they as the players have to try,” Zidane told a press conference. “We have to try and perform better because it’s our duty. “We didn’t have a good first half, but improved after the break. We all...

Real Madrid to offer £52m plus Gareth Bale for Paul Pogba?

Real Madrid will offer £52m plus Gareth Bale for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba this summer, according to a report. Real Madrid are reportedly preparing to offer £52m plus Gareth Bale for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba in this summer’s transfer window. Pogba continues to be linked with a move away from United, while Bale’s future at the Bernabeu is far from secure following a disappointing 2018-19 campaign. United are believed to be value Pogba around the £130m mark, but according to reports in Spain, Los Blancos are preparing to offer Bale plus £52m in cash in order to land the 2018 World Cup winner. Pogba has scored 16 times in 41 appearances for United this season, in addition to providing 11 assists. Bale, meanwhile, has only managed eight goals in La Liga...

Casemiro: ‘When you jeer Gareth Bale, you jeer all of us’

Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro has backed Gareth Bale to handle the growing uncertainty over his future. Madrid travel to Leganes in LaLiga on Monday 14 points behind leaders Barcelona and five adrift of city rivals Atletico. Bale has been targeted by the club’s fans and made a scapegoat for a disappointing season at the Bernabeu. Gareth Bale has been made a scapegoat during a disappointing season for Madrid (Nick Potts/PA) Madrid are reportedly ready to offload him for £113million during a summer clear-out but Casemiro believes Bale will ignore the speculation and criticism. He told the club’s official site: “He’s an experienced player who can deal with anything. Eventually, you get used to the pressure and you have to be able to cope with it if you’re at th...

Friday’s papers: Gareth Bale, Ander Herrera, Raphael Varane

Moves at the Emirates, Old Trafford and Goodison Park make headlines. What the papers say Arsenal are looking to make a last-minute attempt to sign Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera on a free transfer this summer before he agrees a move to Ligue 1 giants Paris St Germain, the Daily Express says. A potential arrival at Old Trafford could come in the form of Marseille goalkeeper Amadou Dia, the Metro reports. The 20-year-old is currently in the reserve side of the nine-time champions. Other goalkeepers who could be on the move include Nick Pope and Joe Hart, who could both be on their way out of Burnley after the Premier League side said they would be open to offers. Everton’s Kurt Zouma (Adam Davy/PA) Marco Silva is looking to bolster his Everton side with the permanent signi...

Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema ‘miss Real Madrid team-building dinner’

A report claims that Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema turned down an invite to a Real Madrid squad night out specially arranged by Zinedine Zidane. Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema were reportedly the only two Real Madrid players not present for a team-building dinner earlier this week. The meal is said to have been organised by manager Zinedine Zidane in an attempt to rebuild the fractured morale of his squad. Spanish outlet Marca suggests that Zidane invited each member of his squad to Asador Donostiarra restaurant in Madrid on Wednesday evening. Amid strong links of a move away being on the cards this summer, Bale is rumoured to have turned down the invite for reasons unknown, as did Benzema. The Wales international was also criticised earlier this year for missing a similar bonding session. ...

Real Madrid ‘set new asking price for Gareth Bale’

Real Madrid lower their asking price for unsettled attacker Gareth Bale to £60m, according to a report. Real Madrid have reportedly lowered their asking price for Gareth Bale to £60m in the hope of sparking more interest in the Wales international this summer. Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich are believed to be the three clubs interested in signing the 29-year-old. Madrid are reportedly prepared to allow the attacker to pick his next club, providing that the offers that arrive ‘are more or less the same’, but it is unclear whether any team has officially submitted a a bid at this point. According to Sport, Los Blancos had initially wanted more than £90m for Bale this summer, but are now prepared to accept £60m for a player who has only managed eight La Lig...

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