MARTIN – BALE LUCKY NOT TO GET RED CARD

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill says that Welsh star Gareth Bale is lucky not to have received marching orders when both sides met in a World Cup qualifier.


The Real Madrid forward made a rash tackle on John O’Shea. His teammate Neil Taylor made another tackle on Seamus Coleman that earned him a red card.

Manager Chris Coleman in his defense said he had to review the videos to get full knowledge of what happened. The coach said Bale could appeal the yellow card – which will ensure he misses the crucial match against Serbia, the group leader, in June. Bale’s card earned him a suspension from Wales most important game as their World Cup hopes is threatened. Appeals can only be granted in cases of mistaken identity, which is clearly not what happened in Bale’s case but the team is hoping something can be done to see if Bale can inspire the team to a must-win match.

O‘Neill says that Bale could have received the marching order before Taylor’s offence for his tackle, adding that he was surprised at the news of a possible appeal.

“I can’t see how they could possibly think about appealing a card when it was very, very close to being a red and on another day, the referee could have easily given a red card. I will reiterate – I don’t think anybody could disagree – both challenges were very, very poor,” O’Neill declared.

O’Neill also decried the level of injury inflicted on Coleman, labeling the player as “one of the best full backs in Europe.”

It was Bale’s second yellow of the qualifying series; hence he would sit out the important game against the Group D leaders – a game that could end Wales World Cup hopes despite their Euro 2016 success.

GARETH BALE SET TO BREAK ANOTHER WORLD RECORD

Wales international Gareth Bale could very well break another world record if the report from Spanish publication Marca is anything true.


The news outlet claims that English clubs Chelsea are willing to compete with Manchester United in a bid to lure Bale back to England.

Spain seem to be luring the best and most expensive players but it seems the English sides want to enter the big players’ transfer market again. After breaking Bale’s record to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus, the Red Devils could very much forced Real Madrid to release Bale this summer, particularly when their own transfer ban ends.

The Welsh superstar only signed a lucrative deal that would keep him in Spain for a long time few months ago but the report says that the Premier League giants would try as much as possible to sign him.

Before the transfer week closes next week, several Chelsea players are still waiting to see if the Blues would keep them. Forward Michy Batshuayi, midfielders Charly Musonda, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and shot stopper Asmir Begovic. Begovic wants more and could leave the outfit but they would be forced to bring another second choice player. There are reports that Tim Krul from Newcastle could be his replacement.

The decision over the players would largely determine the transfers that would happen during the summer as they would look at re-establishing themselves in Europe, going by the current form.

The club is likely to do away with veteran John Terry but German football legend Michael Ballack has asked that Chelsea keep the player for as long as they can.

There are still links to Spain and while the club on the other hand could sign Victor Lindelof as they search for central defenders to add to the aging backline.

BALE NAMES GREATEST PLAYER HE’S SHARED THE PITCH WITH

Wales international Gareth bale was asked in an advert he did for Foot Locker who the greatest player he has ever shared a pitch with was.


The Second most expensive footballer did not mention his Real Madrid teammate and fellow superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Bale said:

“For me, the greatest player is Ryan Giggs. He was my hero growing up and is a legend in world football. It also helps he’s a fellow Welshman.”

Many thought he would name three-time Ballon d’Or winner and teammate Ronaldo, La Liga rival Lionel Messi – the top two football talents in this generation. David Bentley, a Tottenham Hotspur legend, is another that Bale skipped. Despite playing just a few games together with the Red Devils legend, Bale picked him over everyone else.

Giggs is one of the most consistent players of all time, retiring at the age of 40 only after Man United named him assistant manager. The Welsh international is the most decorated player in the English Premier League. He won 13 league titles, four FA Cups, two UEFA Champions League trophies, and others totalling 34 in his illustrious career. The ex-player, who retired in 2014, is gradually building a managerial career.

After announcing his retirement from professional football, Executive vice-chair of Man United Ed Woodward said:

“Ryan Giggs has been one of the greatest players ever to wear the red shirt of Manchester United. What he has achieved will never be equalled in the English game.”

In 963 appearances, Giggs scored 168 goals. On the international front, the lack of competitiveness limited the ex-player from achieving more. He only played 64 games but he inspired many others like Bale, else Bale naming him as the greatest player ever.

Bale excited for this season

Real Madrid and Wales forward has stated that he is excited about this season and believes that he can achieve great things with his club and country.

He said that he was happy with the performance of Wales in the Euro 2016 and stated that he wants to build on that for the new season.

He believes that Real Madrid has a great squad this year and that all the players are hungry for success.

Concerning Zinedine Zidane, he said that he is an experienced manager and that he has the necessary knowledge to manage a club of this quality. Gareth Bale said that Zidane has won numerous trophies as a player and that he knows how to manage a player.

He believes that Real Madrid has the necessary squad to challenge Barcelona all the way to the title and he wants the players to make a good start to the season. He said that in previous seasons they have been trailing Barcelona ever since the start of the season and that this time they do not want to make the same mistakes.

He believes that the players now have the necessary experience to win the Liga. Gareth Bale said that Real Madrid also has the objective of winning the Champions League. He believes that they have players such as Ronaldo that are capable of inspiring the team and that they should at least reach the semi-final this year.

He said that he is personally in form and that he wants to become more consistent on the pitch. He is aware that he is one of the stars of Real Madrid and that fans will look to him as a player that needs to make things happen on the pitch. He believes that this could be a good season for him if he can avoid injuries.

MADRID TO FOCUS ON LA LIGA TITLE THIS SEASON

Eleven-time UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid would make the La Liga title a priority this season in a bid to end their archrival’s dominance.

Luis Enrique is going into the new season with a hope of equalling a similar effort by former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola when he won three successive La Liga titles. Like Pep, Enrique won treble two years ago and retained the La Liga crown last term. He would keen on winning it for a third successive time.

On the other hand, Real Madrid have not won the La Liga title in eight years since Portuguese tactician Jose Mourinho did. Having established their status in Europe as the biggest and most successful club, Real Madrid under coach Zinedine Zidane would be keen on landing a La Liga title this season. Zidane has won over those who doubted his capability to manage the club with the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup titles.

President Florentino Perez didn’t make any addition this summer with the La Liga season set to begin, and Zidane mentioned that the team doesn’t require any changes. Real only activated their buy back clause to get Alvaro Morata from Juventus. The deal seemed to be a purchase to resell to Premier League clubs that wanted him but Madrid opted to retain him in attack. The 23-year old Spain international scored three goals at the Euro 2016, and is set to compete with Karim Benzema for a place in the attack, alongside superstar signings Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Madrid squad housing Toni Kroos, Sergio Ramos, Pepe and Croatia international Luka Modric is just full of talented players. With a coach that turned the fortunes of the club to get 22 victories in 27 games in the last season when he took over in January, Madrid can make a strong case to steal the La Liga crown from Barcelona.

GARETH BALE SNUBBED FROM EURO 2016 BEST XI

Gareth Bale, Welsh superstar player at the Euro 2016 was snubbed from the team of the tournament, sparking reactions from football lovers all around the world.

The player was outstanding at the group stage of the tournament scoring in every game and helping the team rank top ahead of England, Slovakia and Russia. In the knock out stages, the technical team at the Euro 2016 felt Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey and Reds Star Joe Allen were better as they made the final cut but the Real Madrid star was left out.

Wolverhampton defender David Edwards also joined in to comment on the list, surprised that the player didn’t make the final cut. “Gareth is a ridiculously talented player. I think he was the best player in the tournament in terms of consistency of his performances. But in terms of what he brings to the team – when he played Portugal, you could tell Ronaldo always wants to score, he got the goal and that’s what he does – Gareth was everywhere in the pitch and defensively, he was ridiculously brave and he has the ability to do everything going forward,” Edwards said.

Wales lost to Portugal and could not make the final. Portugal on the other hand went on to defeat the hosts to lift the title. The 26-year old player still has years ahead of him with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo older and nearing the end of their top form, he has the potential to become the best player. Whoscored.com ranked the Real Madrid star their own Player of the Tournament ranking him 8.22 with his three crucial goals. He had an average of 4.3 shots per game, 3.8 dribbles per game, 3.3 aerial duels wins per game and 1.7 right tackles per game.

REAL MADRID TO DISCUSS WITH ARSENAL OVER MORATA

Premier League outfit, Arsenal FC will discuss with Spanish giant, Real Madrid over their interest in acquiring last season sensation at Juventus, Alvaro Morata.

The summer transfer target for The Gunners would prefer to know where he will be playing next season before heading to the European Championships with Spain, and agent Juanma Lopez will be among those in Madrid next week to find out if the Bernabeu club see a future for the 23-year-old.

Real Madrid have verbally communicated their intention to exercise their €30million (£24m) buyback clause on Morata, after selling him to the Italian giants two years ago, and are expected to lodge the official bid after discussions with the player’s representatives. However, while they are expected to immediately sell him for a significant profit, there remains a small chance that coach Zinedine Zidane decides to keep the Spanish international in Madrid.

Arsenal, both Manchester clubs and Chelsea are all interested in the striker, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. The Blues only joined the race last week, and are considering signing both Morata and Romelu Lukaku if they can sell Diego Costa back to Atletico Madrid for £20million. The Gunners, who missed out on Morata when he made his move to Turin, remain keen but have not yet made an official bid.

Morata grew through the youth ranks in Real Madrid, after playing in Getafe and Atletico Madrid youth team. Morata was very instrumental to the success of Juventus this season, scoring seven goals in 34 games for the club in the Serie A. In the Coppa Italia, he played five games scoring three crucial goals that helped the club lift the trophy ahead of AC Milan. Arsenal are really keen on landing the player after missing out the last time and are believed to be ready to pay the exit clause of the forward.

GARETH BALE: RONALDO AND I ARE FINE

Real Madrid star player, Gareth Bale in an interview with The Times, says he and the Portuguese star are always misunderstood. He says he is fine with Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Welsh super-star also added that he has never had an argument with him and that the current coach, Zinedine Zidane has clearly defined roles for both of them.

“He speaks English, which helped me when I first got here,” said Bale. “We also have that link from the Premier League. We get on really well.

“The press make a lot of things that maybe we don’t but we get on fine. We’ve never had a problem. I’ve never had an argument with him.

“He’s a very, very passionate person on the pitch – everyone knows that. He’s very determined. People sometimes seem to take that the wrong way. We haven’t had a problem,” the former Spurs and Southampton right winger said.

The 26-year old player scored a brace in the crucial game against Rayo Vallecano where the Spanish giant won 3-2 to keep the title hopes alive even as the season winds down. The Cardiff-born player spoke on the division in set-pieces by the coach. Bale said:

“It’s on the board. Free-kicks left side him, free-kicks right side me. Every game, so we know exactly what’s what.”
On Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League game against Manchester City, the player said:

“I was chatting to him about that.

“He’s going to get a lot of abuse. He thrives on it. That’s exactly what he said. It’s normal for him wherever he goes.

“It’s normal for most of us – wherever we go, we get booed and whistled. We thrive on things like that. It helps us a bit more. We like to keep people quiet.”

Gareth Bale will continue playing a big role for Wales

Gareth Bale has been missing out from a few of the latest matches of the Welsh national football team.

Wales faced off with Ukraine and Northern Ireland on March 28 and March 24 respectively in friendly games but due to fitness concerns and Real Madrid not agreeing to see one of their star players go away and risk getting injured, Bales did not play in any of these matches.

However, even with the absence of Gareth Bale from these friendly games, Chris Coleman has announced that it will not affect the status of Bale and the role that he plays for the Welsh national side as the 26 year old player will still continue playing a big role for Wales.

“If you look at his record he is not a player who misses games unless he has to. He is not a player that says ‘you know what may be I don’t need to be there. He knows we need him whenever we can have him and if it’s possible for him to be here, he is always here.He is not a player that we look at and think ‘maybe he will, maybe he won’t,’ he always does. You know if he is not here it is not possible for him to be here.” The coach of the Welsh national football team, Chris Coleman said.

The Welsh national side are preparing themselves for the upcoming matches that they have scheduled to play.

Slovakia England and Russia are the next opponents of Wales and the Welsh squad are eager on claiming consistent victories against these teams as it would allow them to qualify into the next rounds of the 2016 Euro’s.

Those European qualification games will be taking place on June and Gareth Bale is expected to perform in these approaching matches and considering that all of his club duties will be over by that time, the Welshman should be rested by the time that these 2016 Euro’s games arrive.

Zinedine Zidane claims that superstar Gareth Bale was highly disappointed

Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane claims that superstar Gareth Bale was highly disappointed after learning about the sacking of Rafa Benitez.

The arrival of the Spaniard coincided with a good time for the Welshman, who has been under the shadows of Cristiano Ronaldo even though he has cost considerably more than the former Manchester United star. Bale was brought in during the time of Ancelotti, who had a special relationship with Ronaldo. Consequently, Bale’s performances suffered and he was the victim of vile abuse from his own supporters. It was a surprising element considering that Bale played a starring role in the club’s Champions League success in his first season at the club.

While playing under Benitez, Bale started playing with much more assurance. The former Liverpool manager has seen the 25-year-old from close quarters. This appears to have played a major role in convincing that Bale was the future of Madrid and not Ronaldo. Following the departure of the Spaniard, Bale’s future at the club is once again under doubt. Zidane is widely seen as the next choice to coach Madrid. He has been groomed in this role for the last few years under Ancelotti.Zidane has been in charge of the Real Madrid B team.

Zidane’s appointment is likely to favour Bale since the Frenchman has always spoken highly of the former Tottenham star. “Gareth might be upset by Rafa leaving, he was an important coach for him. But I will give him the same care and attention Rafa did.He is fundamental for the team and what he has been doing of late for us on the pitch is phenomenal. He will have all my support so that he continues to play well for us. Yes. That is the idea. Clearly,” said the Frenchman about reinstating the ‘BBC’ attack.