Hazard credits Milner

According to Eden Hazard, had it not been for James Milner’s fine playmaking skills, Chelsea would have beaten Manchester City in the Premier League last weekend.
That match finished as a draw with both teams having one goal each to their names.
It was Chelsea which had gone up 1-0 courtesy Andre Schurrle, but, that lead was deleted later on by none other than Frank Lampard, the Blues legend who has only recently come to City on loan.
Milner, with his cross, made the job easier for the veteran Englishman, but, the ball still was to be netted and the wily, old fox Lampard was never going to miss out on the opportunity to show his former employers that they might have sold him a season or two earlier.

Bale Claims Spanish League Is Best In The World

Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale has claimed that the Spanish league is the best in the world right now and it has been proven by the arrival of James Rodriguez. The Monaco striker has been signed by Madrid for £ 71 million, thus making him one of the world’s most expensive players. He was the best player at the World Cup and this was acknowledged by the 23-year-old winning the Golden Boot award. He scored five goals and helped Columbia reached the quarter-finals of the competition. Rodriguez was also wanted by the likes of Manchester United, but the entry of Real Madrid made it difficult for every other club to sign him.

Bale Illness Keeps Him Out

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has stated that superstar Gareth Bale may miss the upcoming match against Osasuna due to illness. Bale was only a substitute against Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final. However, his team did not need his services because they managed a 1-0 win over the Germans after a goal from Karim Benzema early on in the first half. Bale has been growing in stature over the last few months and his goal against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final is testament to this fact.

BALE RULED OUT

Gareth Bale would not feature for Real Madrid in their upcoming Cup game against Espanyol because of the blow that he received on his groin while being in action the other day against Granada.

However, it has been confirmed by the Madrid management that the Welshman is not seriously injured and he should be available for the next league match against Athletic Bilbao.

Bale didn’t take the ground after the half time break in the match against Granada because of his groin niggle, but, despite his absence, Los Blancos found the net twice in the second half and secured their 17th victory in the Spanish top flight this season.

BALE ON FORM

Gareth Bale became the world’s most expensive player when he joined Real Madrid on September as the Spanish titans had to pay €91 million for the Welshman winger and his start in Spain took a blow as he got injured and failed to live up to his huge price tag.

After his recovery was complete, the Welshman stepped up to the plate and with a series of impressive performances with Real Madrid he managed to make it into the list of contenders for the 2013 Fifa Ballon d’Or and even though he failed on actually grabbing it, he still managed to make it into the Uefa.com team of the year.

The team includes: Manuel Neuer, Sergio Ramos, Thiago Silva, Philipp Lahm, David Alaba, Franck Ribery, Marco Reus, Mesut Ozil, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

AMAZING START

Gareth Bale’s career start with Real Madrid picked off slowly as he got hit with an injury just days after completing his switch to the Spanish side and even when the recovery was completed, the struggle was more than evident as he was almost invisible during Real Madrid’s match against Barcelona in October, the head chiefs and fans of the club were starting to question if the £86million spent on the player was really worth it.

Even though it took some matches for the Welshman to adapt into Spain and the playing style of Real Madrid, he has finally made the break into the team that he needed in order to prove why he was signed. Scoring 5 goals in the last 3 matches for Real Madrid and scoring a hat-trick against Real Valladolid.

REAL WILL CHALLENGE

Real Madrid is the polar opposite of their rivals Barcelona. While Barcelona mainly spend their earnings in improving their youth academy, Real Madrid on the other hand are the pole opposite.

Ever since Florentino Perez was elected the club president the club got its training ground rezoned and used the money to begin assembling the famous Galáctico side including players such as Zinédine Zidane, Ronaldo, Luís Figo,Roberto Carlos, Raúl, Fabio Cannavaro and David Beckham.

Although the team did not live up to the price budget as despite a UEFA Champions League and an Intercontinental Cup win in 2002, followed by the League in 2003, the club failed to win a major trophy for the next three seasons

REAL SNAP UP BALE

Real Madrid have secured the signature of Gareth Bale from Tottenham for world record transfer fee of £ 86 million. The Spanish giants have been involved in negotiations with Tottenham for the last two months, but it appeared that a resolution was difficult to reach because of the significant transfer fee involved.

It was initially suggested by Real Madrid president that the € 100 million transfer fee demanded by Tottenham was a little bit excessive for Gareth Bale, but it appears that Perez has decided to pay the amount after missing out on Neymar earlier in the season.

Gareth Bale has not been involved in training for Tottenham over the last couple of weeks, while he was set to be fined by the club for not showing up for training as well. He has now sealed a world record move to Real Madrid, which will also see him on a contract worth around £ 300,000 per week. He has signed a six-year contract with the Spanish club. His arrival could result in the departures of players like Mesut Ozil and Angel di Maria. Cristiano Ronaldo was the previous record transfer for his £ 80 million transfer from Manchester United in 2009. He was thought to be unhappy at the prospect of being replaced by Bale.

"I have had six very happy years at Tottenham but it's the right time to say goodbye. We've had some special times together and I've loved every minute of it. I am not sure there is ever a good time to leave a club where I felt settled and was playing the best football of my career to date. I know many players talk of their desire to join the club of their boyhood dreams, but I can honestly say, this is my dream come true," said Bale.

Spurs slap record price tag on Gareth Bale

Tottenham Hotspur is prepared to part with their prized winger Gareth Bale this summer and will offload the player to Spanish giants Real Madrid, but it will cost the Santiago Bernabeu club a whopping £ 103 million.

Real Madrid have made it clear they are willing to break the bank in their pursuit of the Welsh winger, who has been a prime target for Madrid president Florentino Perez as he looks to hand over another Galactico to new manager Carlo Ancelotti but it seems Spurs are adamant at holding out for a massive fee for a player they bought for a few million pounds back in 2008.

However, it has also been revealed by a Spanish newspaper that the capital giants are willing to match the extraordinary asking price for the player, which would shatter the transfer record of £ 80 million they paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer of 2009, but they want to offer £ 86 million in cash and winger Angel di Maria as a makeweight in the deal.

The Spanish newspaper has claimed Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas is a huge fan of the Argentine winger and sees him as an ideal replacement if Gareth Bale indeed swaps the white of Spurs for the white of Madrid.

Meanwhile, Premier League champions Manchester United are also in the running for the signature of a player who won all the individual awards in the Premier League last season but it is certain they will not pay a dime beyond £ 60 million for a player they lost out to when Bale signed for Spurs from Southampton.

United want a marquee signing to kick off the reign of David Moyes and see Gareth Bale as an ideal player if their pursuit of Ronaldo doesn’t bear fruit.

SPURS MAKE TRIP

Tottenham will be making the trip to the Liberty stadium to play against Swansea city during the weekend. This will make or break the season for Tottenham, as it is one of the crucial matches from now till end of the season.

Andre Villas-Boas' men come into the encounter after having lost the three recent matches, but the international break would have certainly provided them with so much needed time away from the media criticism. As a result, Swansea midfielder Nathan Dyer expects Tottenham to be back to their best in this match.

He has said that the team should be extremely wary of winger Gareth Bale, who has already proven that he is one of the best players in the world right now. The 23-year-old has managed to score 16 goals this season, while most of them have come in recent weeks. He also has contributed several assists as well. Swansea have been one of the surprise packages this season, as they have been able to sustain their position near the top of the table while also managing to lift their first ever silverware. They will be hoping to finish this season on a strong note.

They come into the match after having won just two matches in the last five. "Gareth has always been quite big, but it's the pace. I don't remember him always being that fast. And now he's got power. I've always said he's the best player I've played with. His left foot, his delivery from a young age was unbelievable. Now he's added more to it. There's not much you can do to stop him. If he's on form, he's on form," said Dyer. The 25-year-old has had an impressive season for Swansea after making 29 appearances. He also has scored three goals in these matches as well.