All eyes were on Gareth Bale after he scored within minutes of coming on in Real Madrid's win over Arsenal, and Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane admitted he was happy for the player. Bale's future has been in the headlines over the last few days, particularly after Zidane himself said Los Blancos were looking to move him on, but even after a good performance in the shootout win, the Welshman's situation remains the same. "He [Bale] played a good game, and I'm happy for him," Zidane said after Real Madrid's penalty win over Arsenal. "As with everyone [else] he is with us and will continue working. I don't know what will happen. He wanted to play, and the other day he didn't. "We played well when it was 10 against 11, and were better when it was 10 v 10. I haven't spoken to him. "He's trained normally and that's why he played. Nothing has changed, you know the situation." Marco Asensio was taken off in the second half on a stretcher in pain and in tears. "It's worrying," Zidane … [Read more...] about Zidane: Bale played a good game, and I’m happy for him
Another evening of fairytales and nightmares for Real Madrid, who eventually came through to beat Arsenal 3-2 on penalties after drawing 2-2 after 90 minutes. The night began badly for Zinedine Zidane's men when Nacho was sent off after just eight minutes, which left Real Madrid a man down and a goal down when Alexandre Lacazette slotted home from the penalty spot. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the lead before the half hour, before Sokratis Papastathopoulos picked up two yellow cards in quick succession. However, thanks to a great second half Los Blancos completed their comeback. Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio grabbing the goals. The Marcelo on show against Arsenal was nothing like the player of last season. The Brazilian is back after his holiday and is once more making a difference in the opposition area. Got an assist on the second and was influential in the build up to the first. It's possible the signing of Ferland Mendy has woken Marcelo up, and if that's the case then the … [Read more...] about Zidane, what about Vicinius?
Real Madrid came back from an early two-goal deficit to earn a 2-2 draw and a 3-2 penalty shootout victory versus Arsenal in the International Champions Cup action on Tuesday night at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. Unlike Saturday's pre-season opener against Bayern Munich, out-of-favour attacker Gareth Bale was named to the matchday squad and seated on the bench at the start, while Karim Benzema and new arrival Luka Jovic headed up a two-man forward line. Keylor Navas got the nod in goal, while the likes of Nacho and Lucas Vazquez also started. The Gunners looked the better side at the start and gained the upper hand inside of 10 minutes. Nacho was whistled for a penalty after handling an Alexandre Lacazette cross and the French striker's spot kick banged off of both posts before trickling over the line for a 1-0 lead. Also accompanying the penalty was a red card for Nacho, leaving Real Madrid with 10 men with 80 minutes to go. Missing a defender, coach Zinedine Zidane had to make … [Read more...] about Real Madrid rebound from rough start
After Zinedine Zidane revealed that Gareth Bale was close to a Real Madrid exit, many pointed to China as a possible next destination. A handful of the Chinese clubs would be able to afford Bale's massive wages and Jiangu Suning even followed the Welshman on Instagram on Monday. The Chinese Super League side have since unfollowed Bale after their social media activity sparked a mass of rumours linking them with a move for the forward. "There will be no makeshift deals to get him out of the club," Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett told Sky Sports. "He is one of the best players on the planet. I can guarantee you he will not be going on loan to any club. "He is a Real Madrid player and, for now, he's staying as a Real Madrid player. "If something comes along that suits us then things could change and he could be gone in a day or a week, or he could still be a Real Madrid player in three years when his contract ends." Bale didn't feature in Real Madrid's opening game of their pre-season tour … [Read more...] about Jiangsu Suning unfollow Bale on Instagram
Ahead of his return to training with Real Madrid, James Rodriguez is back in the Spanish capital. The Colombian midfielder is due back for pre-season at Valdebebas on Monday after being given extra time off for his exploits in the Copa America. The player uploaded a photo on Instagram showing him at his home in Madrid on Monday night. Although he's due back for training, James isn't in Zinedine Zidane's plans for the new season and is waiting on Real Madrid to sort his future out. He has an option to stay in Madrid. Atletico Madrid want to sign him and the midfielder would love the chance to work with Diego Simeone. Napoli are also in contention for his signature, but they're not prepared to pay Real Madrid's 40 million euro asking price. The Italian side would prefer an initial loan move and Florentino Perez only wants to sell him this summer. The chances of James ending up at Atletico are looking increasingly more likely with every passing day as the player waits for his move to be … [Read more...] about James Rodriguez is back in Madrid