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Bale reaches Real Madrid’s training for one last time


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.


Champions of Social Media ‘Real Madrid’


Real Madrid’s success in 2019/20 was reflected on their social media accounts as they managed an average of 38,687 interactions per post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Los Blancos surpassed Juventus, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain, who were crowned champions in three of the five major European leagues.

On July 16, the day Real Madrid mathematically won LaLiga Santander, they shared 216 posts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, generating more than 16 million interactions and an average of 74,192 per post.

The following day this record was broken, with 180 posts generating more than 16.6 million interactions, increasing the average above 92,000 interactions per post, according to data from Blinkfire Analytics.

Their Instagram account, on which they registered 929,169 interactions per post between August 1, 2019 and July 21, 2020, is the one that stands out with 91.1m followers.


‘Madrid are making things difficult for me’ – Bale


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.

Bale EPL move denied by Madrid
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.


“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.


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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Real Madrid offers £90M plus Isco or Kroos for Dybala


Real Madrid are set to table a sensational £90million player-plus-cash deal for Juventus superstar Paulo Dybala, according to reports.

After the LaLiga giants’ early Champions League exit at the hands of Manchester City, Florentino Perez has set his sights on securing Dybala and believes him to be an integral part in helping the club lift the coveted trophy again.

It has even been suggested that Real would be willing to include either Toni Kroos or Isco to bump up the overall value of the package.

Sport Mediaset are reporting that the ambitious proposal is expected imminently.


Juventus are believed to be keen to keep hold of Dybala, however, following their own continental heartbreak.

The club are currently undergoing a period of transition Turin legend Andrea Pirlo replaced after Maurizio Sarri and are hopeful of retaining their key assets for the new man at the helm.

But the uncertainty surrounding the future of talisman Cristiano Ronaldo may force Juventus’ hand.

The 35-year-old was clearly disappointed by his team’s knockout to Lyon, and speculation has mounted over a potential switch to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Italian title holders would never offload Dybala in the event Ronaldo was to leave this summer.


They may reportedly reconsider their stance should the Portuguese icon remain in Turin though, particularly due to his hefty wage salary.

And the prospect of Kroos or Isco making the move to Italy may entice the Old Lady into brokering a deal.

Real are said to value the experienced German midfielder at no less than £45m, with Isco’s price tag standing at around £54m.

Dybala has been locked in talks with Juventus over a new contract. His 11 goals and six assists this season saw him named as Serie A’s ‘MVP’ of the campaign, and the 26-year-old is expected to extend until 2025.

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Real Madrid prepares swap deal for Dybala to include Isco or Kroos


Real Madrid prepares swap deal for Dybala to include Isco or Kroos


Real Madrid are reportedly ready to part with one of their stars in order to sign Juventus attacker Paulo Dybala.

Could Paulo Dybala swap Italy for Spain? The Juventus attacker was close to leaving Juventus for either Manchester United or Tottenham prior to the 2019-20 season, while Paris Saint-Germain were also linked.

Now, Real Madrid are reportedly targeting the 26-year-old.

Kroos/Isco switch for Dybala?
Real Madrid are set to offer Toni Kroos or Isco as part of a deal to bring Juventus star Paulo Dybala to the Santiago Bernabeu, according to SportMediaset.

LaLiga champions Madrid are eyeing a move for Dybala, who has been in negotiations with Serie A titleholders Juve over a new contract amid reported interest from Paris Saint-Germain.

However, Juve are unwilling to part with the Argentina international – who enjoyed a fine Serie A campaign prior to Maurizio Sarri’s sacking as he looks ahead to life under Andrea Pirlo.


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Final score: Mancity 2-1 Madrid (4-2 Agg) City knocks Madrid out of UCL


Manchester City capitalised on two Raphael Varane errors as they made it through to the Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over Real Madrid (Agg: 4-2).

Match Events

9′ GOOOOOAAAAALLL!!! CITY 1-0 MADRID!! The visitors have been a little too keen to pass out from the back early on and have paid the ultimate price. Courtois rolls the ball to Varane to his right and the centre-back is caught in possession by Jesus, who squares for Sterling to guide it into an empty net.

28′ GOOOOAAAAALLLL!!! CITY 1-1 MADRID!! GAME ON! Benzema plays the ball to Rodrygo and continues his run into the middle. Rodrygo, having knocked the ball down the line to himself, crosses towards the edge of the six-yard box and Benzema gets to it ahead of Fernandinho to head in.

68′ GOOOOOAAAALLL!!! CITY 2-1 MADRID!! ANOTHER VARANE HOWLER! Or should that be double howler?! Varane misses the initial header and is then short with his attempted headed pass back to Courtois. Jesus intercepts and beats Courtois from the angle with a fine finish to surely seal a quarter-final spot for City.



Man City XI: Fernandinho, Walker, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sterling, Cancelo, Laporte, Ederson, Jesus, Rodri, Foden

Subs: David Silva, Bravo, Otamendi, Mahrez, Stones, Zinchenko, Bernardo, Eric Garcia, Harwood-Bellis, C. Palmer, Bernabe, Doyle

Real Madrid XI: Modric, Benzema, Kroos, Hazard, Courtois, Casemiro, Carvajal, Varane, F Mendy, Militao, Rodrygo

Subs: Marcelo, Isco, Areola, Nacho, Vazquez, Jovic, Asensio, Valverde, Brahim, Vinicius, Javi Hernández, Altube.

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Man City vs Real Madrid Line-ups: Hazard vs Sterling, Marcelo & Mahrez on Subs

Real Madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Varane, Eder Militao, Mendy, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Hazard, Benzema, Rodrygo

Subs: Areola, Altube, Nacho, Marcelo, Valverde, Lucas Vazquez, Jovic, Asensio, Brahim, Isco, Vinicius Jr, Hernandez

Man City : Ederson, Walker, Fernandinho, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Foden, Sterling, Jesus

Subs: Bravo, Stones, Zinchenko, Bernardo, Mahrez, Otamendi, Garcia, Doyle, Harwood-Bellis, Palmer, Bernabez.

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Real Madrid regects ‘Bayern loan offer for T.Kubo’


Bayern Munich are set to lose out on the loan signing of Real Madrid winger Takefusa Kubo, as the exciting Japanese youngster is set to head out to a La Liga side on loan.

The 19-year-old, who joined Real Madrid from FC Tokyo last summer, was immediately sent out on loan to Mallorca for the 2019-20 season and enjoyed a promising first year in Spain.

The winger scored four goals for Los Bermellones, who were relegated from the Spanish top-flight, but Kubo caught the radar of several top teams across Europe, including Bayern Munich.


But report that Bayern Munich’s £4.5million loan offer for the winger has been rejected, with Madrid preferring to send him out to another Spanish side.

The report claims that Villarreal, now managed by former Arsenal boss Unai Emery, are leading the race for the exciting young winger.

Real Madrid are also considering an offer from Granada for the Japanese wonderkid, with the Andalusia club qualifying for next season’s Europa League alongside Villarreal.

The 19-year-old would prefer to move to a club that could guarantee him at least 40 appearances next season across all competitions, say NS.


Last season’s 10th placed side, Osasuna, and Celta Vigo are also keen on Kubo’s temporary signature for next season.

The Japanese youngster was previously on the books at Barcelona and spent four years at the Catalan club’s La Masia academy between 2011 and 2015.

However, in signing Kubo, Barcelona had violated FIFA’s transfer policy regarding the signing of young players and Kubo was not allowed to represent the club.

He then moved back to Japan in 2015 in search of game time, but then join Barcelona’s arch-rivals Real Madrid four years later.

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Real Madrid leads the world’s best brand in football


Real Madrid leads the world’s best brand in football


The most valuable football club brand in the world is that of Real Madrid.

Due to the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the value of the brand has fallen 13.8 percent to 1.419 billion euros, but retains top spot.

Barcelona come in second, slightly ahead of Manchester United, according to the Brand Finance Football 2020 study.

“Today two Spanish brands from the football world show off the Spain brand, Spanish sport is undoubtedly a source of pride for Spaniards and shows the power of our nation,” said Teresa de Lemus, managing director of Brand Finance.

The results show that Real Madrid could improve in the future after winning LaLiga Santander this year and having grown their commercial operations with the launch of an innovation brand, Real Madrid Next, focused on technology.

Los Blancos have also taken advantage of social media to increase engagement of their fans, such as through the creation of the paid channel Madridista Nation

Barcelona have managed the crisis better in terms of brand value with an increase of 1.4 percent which takes it to 1.413 billion euros, just six million euros behind their eternal rivals.

Problems caused by internal politics have come to light, but they have accomplished their objective of a billion euros in annual revenue in part thanks to licensing and merchandising.

The club has also taken on new approaches such as an innovation centre and investment fund for technological and sporting projects across the globe, while also developing their stadium as Camp Nou prepares for innovation rights with stadium sponsorship for 200 million euros.

All Spanish brands improved their ranking behind Real Madrid with Atletico Madrid in 13th, Sevilla in 32nd, Valencia in 36th, Athletic Club in 40th, Villarreal in 44th and Real Betis in 50th


Spain only behind the UK

With eight brands in the top 50, only the UK contributes more than the 3.938 billion euros (20 percent of the total) contributed by Spain as British clubs are worth 8.578 billion euros (44 percent).

Spain has grown 0.8 percent compared to 2019 in terms of Brand Strength, taking it to 79 from 100, the highest rating in the world, ahead of 75.1 for France, 74.9 for the UK, 74.1 for Italy and 73.2 for Germany.

“Football is very important for Spain beyond our borders and sporting excellence in our home, football brands are present in our culture and always have been, they’re a fundamental part of recognising our country from abroad,” De Lemus added.


Big losses from the pandemic

With a total brand value of 20.2 billion euros before the pandemic, almost 500 million euros have been lost since then.

“Football was a product of industrial revolution and it’s fair to say that modern play is a product of globalisation,” De Lemus explained.

“After the coronavirus crisis, football will face various challenges and the total damage still hasn’t been completely developed and it’s not unlikely that there are victims, clubs who go bust or change ownership.”


Brand resistance

Despite the economic context, the strength of clubs’ brands has stayed solid and 23 of the top 50 have grown in the last year.

Real Madrid is still the strongest brand in the world with a rating of 94.9 out of 100, while Valencia has seen their rating grow 10.5 percent, with AC Milan falling the most with 10 percent.

The Premier League has seven brands which have grown while LaLiga has five and Bundesliga has four, all showing the challenge that they have handled well presented with a global economic crisis.

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COVID-19: Mariano test positive


Real Madrid forward Mariano has tested positive for coronavirus, the La Liga champions announced on Tuesday.

“After the COVID-19 tests carried out yesterday on our first team footballers by the Real Madrid Medical Services, our player Mariano, tested positive,” Real said in a statement.

“The player is in perfect health and is complying with the protocol of isolation at home.”


Mariano did not join the Real squad as players returned from a post-season break to start training for their Champions League last 16 showdowns at Manchester City on August 7. The 26-year-old has not appeared in that competition this season.

The Dominican international, who returned to Real in 2018 after a successful season at Lyon, played little in the recently finished La Liga season due to competition for places and injuries.

He made only five substitute appearances as Real won their 34th Spanish title, scoring once, an added time goal against Barcelona.


Zidane gives Madrid squad full rest


Zidane has planned for the players to return to the training ground on Monday but the first session of the week has been put back to Tuesday at 11:00 hours.

Real Madrid will return to the training ground at 11:00 hours on Tuesday – not Monday as was originally planned. Diario AS understands that Zidane has decided to give his squad an extra day to rest before preparations begin to confront the final part of the season. The players will need to report in Valdebebas on Monday to undergo a coronavirus test then wait for the results before training resumes.

It means that Madrid will have 10 days to prepare for their rescheduled Champions League Lsst 16 return leg tie against Manchester City. The players could be give next weekend (Saturday and Sunday) off if Dupont is happy with how the players’ fitness levels are shaping up – the idea is to have nine full sessions before the City game.

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The game is due to take place on 7 August at 21:00 hours, behind closed doors at the Etihad but quarantine rules announced by the UK government on Saturday could see it moved to Lisbon. Madrid will be without Sergio Ramos, who is suspended after being sent off in the first leg. Zinedine Zidane’s squad will return to work after enjoying eight days off following their league triumph.

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Zidane to remain at Madrid next season


Zinedine Zidane will be in charge of Real Madrid next season.

In a discussion at the end of the LaLiga Santander campaign, the Frenchman and Florentino Perez agreed the former would stay on as head coach beyond the summer.

Los Blancos’ 34th league title his dispelled any remaining doubts over Zidane’s future and his second spell at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu will continue into a 2020/21 season.


“Zidane is a blessing for Real Madrid,” Florentino himself said once Sergio Ramos had lifted the LaLiga Santander trophy last Thursday night.

Zidane has two years left on his deal at Real Madrid, but contracts have never been an obstacle for him.

He retired as a player with one year left on his Real Madrid contract and he resigned as coach in 2018 following a third Champions League victory in a row.

Pride restored

Zidane singled out LaLiga Santander as the trophy he wanted to win last summer, and he’s delivered it.

There were difficult moments after the defeat to Real Mallorca and before the trip to Istanbul to play Galatasaray, but the Frenchman came through it.

After losses to Manchester City and Real Betis earlier in 2020, he bounced back again after the coronavirus-enforced break in the season.

With his future secured, Zidane can now look ahead to next season.

He knows his has decisions to make regarding his playing squad, with situations involving Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez, among others, needing to be resolved.

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‘Relax Madrid, I’m not leaving PSG for you’ – Mbappe


PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe has declared that he will not leave the French champions this summer ‘no matter what’.

The striker is one of the most sought-after talents in world football and has been previously linked with Real Madrid and Liverpool.

But Mbappe has pledged his immediate future to PSG and confirmed that he will be their player next season.

The 21-year-old told BeIN: ‘I’m here. I am in the project for a fourth year.

‘The 50th year of the club is an important year for the club, the supporters, everyone, so I will be there no matter what.


‘I will try to bring back trophies with the team and give the best of myself.’

There has been plenty of speculation around Mbappe’s future throughout his time with PSG having joined from Monaco in 2017 on loan and then a £163million fee.

He is known to be a long-term target for compatriot Zinedine Zidane at Real but it seems any transfer away from the French capital will have to wait.

Mbappe had scored 30 goals in all competitions before coronavirus brought an end to the Ligue 1 campaign.

PSG are back playing friendlies as Mbappe and Co gear up for the French Cup final and Champions League in the coming weeks.

He was among the scorers on Tuesday evening as PSG took Celtic apart in front of 5,000 supporters.

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Gareth Bale ‘going’ nowhere


Gareth Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, spoke about the future of the Real Madrid player. Despite the lack of minutes, he wants to remain at Los Blancos.

Gareth Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, spoke again, and this time he did so to lighten the mood a bit. After Zidane didn’t even call him up for the last La Liga match of the season, the player’s agent had a conciliatory tone. However, he warned that Bale doesn’t want to go anywhere.

“Gareth is fine. He has two years left on his contract”, Barnett told the ‘BBC’. “Gareth is not looking to outlast Zinedine Zidane. Mr Zidane has been very successful”, the agent continued.


“There’s no hatred. Mr Zidane just does not want to play him. Gareth trains every day and he trains well”, Barnett insisted.

Making the most of the opportunity, the players’ agent stuck his chest out again because of Bale’s quality, who hasn’t been able to demonstrate his good football at almost any point in a controversial season.

“Gareth is one of the best players in the world. The best players in the world do not go out on loan. Of course there’s been interest but there’s hardly a club in the world which can afford him. It’s a great loss that he’s not in the Real Madrid team at the moment but he will not leave”, Barnett said.


Madrid chase Leganes off La Liga amid 2-2 draw


Newly-crowned La Liga champions Real Madrid were unable on Sunday to maintain their perfect run of results since the season re-started.

They drew 2-2 at neighbours Leganes, who were relegated.

Real Madrid ended the campaign on 87 points after the draw interrupted a run of 10 consecutive victories, five clear of second-placed FC Barcelona.

Leganes finished 18th on 36 points, joining 19th-placed Real Mallorca and Espanyol in being relegated, while Celta Vigo, who finished on 37, stayed up after drawing 0-0 at Espanyol.

Madrid and Leganes players anticipate a corner kick during the testy match

Sergio Ramos headed home his 11th league goal this season to put Real Madrid in front after nine minutes.

Zinedine Zidane heavily rotated his team following the 2-1 win over Villarreal on Thursday that clinched their first Liga title since 2017, and it told on their performance.


Leganes levelled on the stroke of half-time through midfielder Bryan Gil, but Marco Asensio restored Real Madrid’s lead early in the second half.

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Roger Assale equalised in the 78th minute to give Leganes a slither of hope of survival and they needed one more goal to pull off a miraculous escape from relegation.

They came agonisingly close to finding it, having a late penalty kick appeal turned down for handball against Luka Jovic after a VAR review.

Oscar Rodriguez then blasted over from inside the area deep in added time, and the Madrid side dropped out of the top flight for the first time since 2016.


That was when they won their maiden promotion to La Liga.

“Even though we didn’t get the result we wanted, the sacrifice was worth it and we are proud to have fought until the end,” said Leganes defender Unai Bustinza.

“What we have done should be seen as an example that you should never give up.”

Bustinza also reflected on the fact his side lost their two main strikers at the start of the year.


They were forced to sell Youssef En-Nesyri to Sevilla, and then Martin Braithwaite to FC Barcelona in February after their buy-out clauses were triggered.

Bustinza added: “This year has been an uphill struggle because, as well as the lockdown period, we didn’t have that little bit of luck we needed and some very important players were taken away from us.

“But we’ll do our best to get back up.”