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Bale says ‘GOODBYE’ to all Madrid Squad during his last training

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Real Madrid had their fourth training session of the week on Thursday as they continue their preparations for their LaLiga Santander opener on Sunday away at Real Sociedad.


Gareth Bale, who is on the verge of completing a return to Tottenham Hotspur, was not present on the pitches at Valdebebas as he worked out in the gym.

Officially, this is due to a blow to his left knee which he picked up whilst playing for Wales against Bulgaria, although he was able to see out the full 90 minutes and didn’t appear to have any problems.

Since that day, September 6, and his subsequent return to the Spanish capital, Bale has not set foot on the pitches at Real Madrid’s training ground.

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It seems that there will be no photos of Bale’s final hours as a Real Madrid player, since his return to Spurs – as well as the transfer of Sergio Reguilon – will be closed in the coming hours.

In addition to Bale, Lucas Vazquez and Eder Militao also worked out in the gym, while Isco, Marco Asensio and Eden Hazard did specific work out on the grass.

Luka Jovic, meanwhile, completed a part of the session with the group and is in contention to be in the squad to face Real Sociedad.

The session started with a warm-up and defensive exercises without the ball.

Los Blancos then practiced possession and pressing drills before playing a match on a small pitch.

Finally, they worked on shooting.

Tomorrow, at 11:00 CEST, the Real Madrid squad will train again.


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Asensio and Vinicius Jr battles for Bale’s no.11

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Gareth Bale’s departure will free up an iconic number at Real Madrid, with No.11 left unassigned in the absence of the Welshman.


The number had been Bale’s since his 2013 arrival, but now it will be one that both Vinicius Junior and Marco Asensio will battle to get their hands on.

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It’s a number that would suit him nicely, but he hasn’t made any firm decisions and won’t comment while Bale is still a Real Madrid player.

Vinicius would also suit it well, having worn it at Flamengo. But at Real Madrid he’s had to wear No.28 and No.25.

Should he not take Bale’s shirt, he’ll have to continue with his No.25 or else take James Rodriguez’s old No.16 shirt.

Other options are Brahim Diaz’s No.21 or Asensio’s No.20, should the latter take Bale’s number.


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Bale reaches Real Madrid’s training for one last time

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Gareth Bale has been filmed arriving at Real Madrid’s Valdebebas training ground on Thursday morning as he edges closer to a sensational return to Tottenham.


The Wales international has agreed terms on a year-long loan deal that Sportsmail understands to be worth more than £13million.

Part of the move will be financed by Real Madrid – and Bale is relishing the prospect of reviving his career back in the Premier League.


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Benzema once again ‘On Fire!!!’

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Karim Benzema has started the 2020/21 season with four goals in Real Madrid’s 6-0 friendly victory over Getafe at the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano on Tuesday.


The Frenchman picked up the baton from Cristiano Ronaldo when he joined Juventus in 2018 and, since then, he has scored 57 goals for Los Blancos.

Unlike Gareth Bale, Benzema has been the only Real Madrid forward who has tried to fill the void left by the Portugal international.

Last season he competed until the end with Lionel Messi for LaLiga Santander’s top scorer award, although he didn’t manage to overtake the Argentine.

Real Madrid signed Luka Jovic in the summer of 2019 to help Benzema with the scoring task, but the Serbian striker didn’t live up to the expectations and it was Sergio Ramos who finished as the team’s second top scorer.

The Frenchman’s four goals against Jose Bordalas’ side on Tuesday is just a sign that he is once again in position to help his club meet their objectives.


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Hazard is under microscope

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Eden Hazard arrived at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu last summer as Real Madrid’s Galactico replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, in his first year with Los Blancos, the Belgian has been far from the talisman and leader everyone was expecting.

A large part of this is due to his fitness issues, with his international boss raising further questions over his physical state going into the new season.

Hazard didn’t play in either of Belgium’s Nations League games this month, despite travelling with the squad.

Roberto Martinez believes the forward is 60 training sessions away from being fit enough to start, which begs the question as to why he was called up in the first place.

Heading back to Real Madrid for the start of the new season, Hazard has a reputation to rebuild, as well as his fitness.

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Appreciated in the dressing room
The Real Madrid squad have no problems with Hazard or any aspects of his behaviour.

He might not have made a good first impression last summer, turning up for pre-season overweight, but he’s had bad luck with injuries since then.

The ankle problem he suffered in November 2019 and the following relapse in February were really bad news for everyone connected with Real Madrid.

When Hazard and Los Blancos returned after lockdown, the former Lille star showed glimpses of his best before picking up a knock against Espanyol.

Now, it’s about finding his feet as a player and regaining his confidence in his injured ankle.

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Mixed emotions for the future
Real Madrid still believe Hazard can become the player they thought he would be at the Bernabeu, but recent events on international duty have prompted some concerns about his fitness.

The club would’ve preferred him to stay at Valdebebas rather than go with Belgium, but they also understand what representing his country means to the 29-year-old.

Amongst the coaching staff, they’ve put a plan in place to allow Hazard to rediscover the form that saw him become one of the best players in the world at Chelsea.

The Belgian was named player of the year three times at Stamford Bridge, most recently in his last campaign there in 2018/19.

Looking forward, Hazard will be focused on reaching full fitness within the next two or three weeks, just in time for the start of the LaLiga Santander season.

Before he goes on international duty again in October, Real Madrid play Real Sociedad, Real Betis, Real Valladolid and Levante.


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Hazard lacks commitment

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Real Madrid’s 2019/20 season finished on August 7, when they lost 2-1 away at Manchester City in the Champions League. While Raphael Varane’s couple of errors stood out in that game, so too did Thibaut Courtois and Kevin de Bruyne. Their Belgian teammate Eden Hazard was much less involved, taken off in the 83rd minute.

Now, this new season has begun with the internationals travelling to represent their national teams before even training one day with their clubs. Courtois, though, was back after three days working with Belgium as he returned to Valdebebas on Friday instead of travelling to Denmark. He had agreed this with his national team coach Roberto Martinez and with Zinedine Zidane. On the other hand, Hazard preferred to stay with Belgium instead of prioritising his club and didn’t even play one minute against Denmark or Iceland.

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Hazard’s main problem isn’t his right ankle, which Martinez said will need to be looked after throughout his career. His main problem is that he hasn’t realised how demanding it is to represent Real Madrid, after a first year in which he practically did nothing. He was signed for a huge fee and he was signed to be a star, which is why his lack of commitment is so concerning. He has all the footballing skills he needs, but this mentality could prevent him from succeeding.

The other problem is that while he keeps playing without being in optimal condition, like during last season, he’ll continue to take opportunities away from young players who are showing ambition. Players like Vinicius, but also Rodrygo, Martin Odegaard and Marco Asensio. Zidane could be making a mistake if he prefers to give out minutes by prioritising status over sporting merit and hard work.


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‘Madrid are making things difficult for me’ – Bale

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Gareth Bale’s future at Real Madrid looks bleak and Ramon Calderón has suggested the outcast forward may even be allowed to leave for free.

Real Madrid turned down a €100million bid from a Premier League club for Gareth Bale last year, according to the Spanish side’s former president Ramon Calderón.

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Bale hit out at Madrid in an explosive interview on Wednesday, accusing the LaLiga giants of “making things very difficult” for him to move away from the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Wales international was on the brink of joining Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning in July 2019, only for Madrid to pull the plug on a deal at the 11th hour.

And Calderón – Madrid president between 2006 and 2009 – has claimed an unnamed English club also stepped forward with a big offer for Bale 12 months ago.

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“I know in the last day of the transfer window last year there was an offer from the Premier League,” he told talkSPORT.

“They offered €100m [£89.12m] and Real Madrid turned down that offer because they thought Bale would be a player in their side.”

Asked to reveal the identity of the Premier League team in question, with Manchester United among those linked, Calderón said: “I’m not allowed to say the name, though I do know the name of the club.

“I think at the end there was a disagreement as Madrid decided not to sell the player, because they thought he was a player who could be used and be in the starting line-up.

“But I think the player neither wants to leave nor to reduce his salary. It is true his salary is very high, but in 2016 the club decided to increase his salary.

“It is difficult for any club to pay that salary, especially knowing the situation of football nowadays.”

Bale made just 20 appearances in all competitions in 2019-20 and asked to be left out of the squad to face Manchester City in last month’s Champions League last-16 second leg.

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The former Tottenham player has two years to run on the contract he signed in 2016 and Calderon suggested it may well be a case of Madrid terminating that deal if his situation does not improve.

“I think his agent was here yesterday trying to get a deal,” he said. “But I don’t see any club paying that salary.

“And, on top of that, if Real Madrid want to get a transfer fee, that’s impossible.

“I think Real Madrid would now be willing to let him go without any transfer fee – that would be the solution.

“But in that case, I don’t see any club paying €40m a year for a player who is 31 and who hasn’t been playing regularly in the last two years.”

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‘Live up to your worth Hazard’ – Modric warns

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Luka Modric has called for Real Madrid team-mate Eden Hazard to show his true form this season following a poor first year at the Bernabeu.

Hazard was one of the high profile moves during the summer transfer window of 2019 when he moved from Chelsea to Madrid for £150million.

But a series of injuries restricted the playmaker to just 22 games in all competitions, netting one goal and providing seven assists.

However he was ruled out of a further 24 games due to a series of injuries, mainly a hairline fracture in the foot throughout the winter.

Modric though sympathises with the 29-year-old, claiming he was trying too hard to play through his injury,

‘Eden is a great guy and a special player, but he was playing with pain and when you’re on the pitch, people always expect the best. They don’t care if you have little problems,’ Modric told AFP.

‘I spoke to him and said, “Eden maybe you need not to play now and recover because next season we need you at your best. This is a season where you’re getting to know everything but next season you need to be 100 per cent because if not, it’s going to be difficult”.

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‘Hopefully he comes back without any problems and then I’m sure he’ll show his potential and why the club bought him because we will need him a lot.’

Modric also had advice for another team-mate in Gareth Bale, who also struggled under Zinedine Zidane last term.

The Wales star has fallen out of favour under the Madrid manager and the Croatian star has informed the 31-year-old he now needs to do what is best for his career.

‘Gareth is a great, great player but his situation is not easy. He always has my support but he needs to decide what is best for him and what he wants to do now with his career,’ Modric said.

‘It was not an easy season for him but it is what it is. Maybe now he needs to get back to his best…We’ll see what happens with him.’

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