Less than a month after saying Gareth Bale's transfer would be good for everyone, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has called the Wales forward an important player for his squad. Zidane said Friday he is counting on Bale for the season that begins for Real Madrid with a visit to Celta Vigo in the Spanish league on Saturday. "It looked like he was going to leave but now he is here with us," Zidane said. "Things change. I will count on him. He has a good record and is an important player and I hope that all the players want to make it difficult for me to pick the team." Zidane last month stated his desire to get rid of Bale by saying the club was negotiating the player's transfer and that his exit would be "better for everyone's sake." Madrid in 2013 paid a then world-record fee of 100 million euros (then $132 million) to sign Bale from English club Tottenham. Zidane also said he is "happy" to have playmaker James Rodríguez in the squad despite talks he could still be transferred … [Read more...] about Zidane now says he is counting on Bale at Real Madrid
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Gareth Bale's move to China could see Real Madrid make a stunning approach for Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba, according to reports. Bale is believed to be closing in a move to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning this summer, in a deal that will see him become the world's best player on £1m-a-week. The move would bring an end to weeks of intense speculation surrounding the Wales star, who reportedly wanted a return to the Premier League, with Man United among the clubs to be heavily linked. However, no club on these shores could match his sizeable £600k-a-week salary, which once off Real's books could see Zinedine Zidane make shockwaves in the transfer market. The Sunday Mirror reports Zidane has told Real's hierarchy to go all out to bring Pogba to the Bernabeu - even if it costs them £150m. United officials insist they have no interest in selling, but are allegedly well aware that the Spanish giants' interest in the Frenchman is only likely to intensify … [Read more...] about Man Utd £150m superstar to replace Gareth Bale at Real Madrid
Eden Hazard is officially a Real Madrid player after being presented at the Bernabeu. Thousands of fans flocked to welcome the Belgian following his stunning £130m transfer from Chelsea . Hazard outlined his plans to become the best player in the world, admitting it had been a dream of his to join Real since childhood. His arrival is likely to push Gareth Bale further down the pecking order after he found himself out of favour under Zinedine Zidane last season. A host of clubs have reportedly been sounded out about the possibility of signing Bale, with Manchester United among them. But United rejected the opportunity to hold talks with Real, leaving Bale's future uncertain ahead of next season. Hazard is Real's first Galactico signing since Bale arrived from Tottenham in 2013. And while he was welcomed by Real supporters at the Bernabeu, Bale was keeping busy himself. Bale uploaded a picture from the 18th hole at Pebble Beach where this year's US Open is being held. "Can't … [Read more...] about What Bale was doing during Hazard presentation at Real Madrid
By Chris Wathan BBC Sport Wales 13 Jun From the section European Football Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/48620162 Read more about sharing. Former Real Madrid and Wales boss John Toshack says Gareth Bale must decide his club future, as something has "gone terribly wrong" for the Wales star.Bale is out of favour under Real boss Zinedine Zidane and Toshack says Bale's "battle" needs to be resolved.Toshack says the situation contributed to Bale's disappointing performances in Wales' recent Euro 2020 qualifiers. "The situation that he's in at Real Madrid certainly can't be helping him," Toshack told BBC Sport Wales. "It needs sorting out as soon as possible... because when you look at this player what he's shown that he can do and look at what he's producing at the moment, something is going … [Read more...] about Gareth Bale: ‘Something’s gone terribly wrong at Real Madrid’
A summer of changes is already under way at Real Madrid. After a disappointing campaign in 2018-19, major alterations are planned for the months ahead. Madrid missed out on a major trophy at the end of last season, finishing third in La Liga and exiting the Champions League to Ajax in the last 16, winning only the Club World Cup in December. That has highlighted the need to rebuild this summer, with Cristiano Ronaldo not replaced after his departure last July and a number of problem areas throughout the squad. Zinedine Zidane is back in charge and the French coach will want to bring in several new players, with defender Eder Militao, striker Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard already recruited this summer. But a number of players will have to leave as well and here, Standard Sport takes a look through the squad at which footballers should stay and which should be moved out this transfer window… Zidane turned down the chance to sign a goalkeeper in his first spell in charge as he was … [Read more...] about Who should stay at Real Madrid and who should go this summer?