Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Is Real Madrid Losing Interest in Bale?
Telegraph, August 13th, 2013 1:52PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  england, real madrid, spain

MOST COMMENTED

Since it lodged a world-record bid for Tottenham winger Gareth Bale a few weeks ago that was quickly rejected by the London club, several things have happened that could indicate Real Madrid is cooling its interest in the Welshman. Most of these involve Real’s star forward, Cristiano Ronaldo.

For starters, Ronaldo continues not to sign the contract extension offered by Real to his current deal, which runs out in at the end of next season. The Portugal captain has also refused to publicly endorse the club’s very public pursuit of Bale, who many feel is being lined up as his replacement. Also, the club’s supporters have also expressed wariness about spending more than $93 million on any one player (according to recent reports, Spurs is holding out for $170 million for Bale). Finally, Ronaldo, 28, recorded six goals and two assists in just seven appearances during a preseason in which Real won six games and drew one.  

According to the Telegraph, Coach Carlo Ancelotti is perfectly satisfied with the team as it is. In fact, following Real’s 3-0 win against Inter Milan in St. Louis, the Italian said, “Why talk about Bale when Jesé [Rodríguez] and [Alvaro] Morata have both played so well. They are young but incredibly talented.” The report claims further that this Real squad is the most talented he has ever coached and that Bale does not currently figure into his plans.

Of course, all of this begs the question whether Real’s interest in the Welshman has really cooled, or if Ancelotti and President Florentino Perez are merely trying to drive down his astronomical price tag. Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Nigerian U-20 star Dike hopes more Cowgirl goals will come    
Goals by Courtney Dike helped Nigeria reach the final of the Under-20 Women's World Cup in ...
Inzaghi: Milan Has Nothing to Lose Against Juve     
AC Milan on Saturday hosts Juventus in an early-season top-of-the-standings clash of Italian heavyweights. While Milan ...
London Wins Semis and Final of Euro 2020    
UEFA on Friday awarded Wembley Stadium in London as the venue for the semifinals and final ...
Prosecutor Calls for End to FIFA's Secrecy     
FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia on Friday said he wants more details published about corruption cases in ...
Pellegrini Defends Toure, Lampard     
Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini defended Yaya Toure's performance against Bayern Munich during City's UEFA Champions ...
Mourinho Was 'Not Expecting' Lampard to Join Man City     
Jose Mourinho says he still has respect for Chelsea legend Frank Lampard even though he could ...
Mourinho: Relationship with Ronaldo 'Does Not Exist'    
Jose Mourinho says he no longer has any relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo now that he has ...
Arrests Mar Roma's UCL Win     
Police arrested three fans prior to AS Roma's UEFA Champions League opener against Russian side CSKA ...
Roma Players Warn City, Bayern Following Rout     
AS Roma's players said they are full of confidence following their 5-1 hammering of CSKA Moscow ...
Di Maria: "I Needed to Change My Life"    
In an interview with Perform, Manchester United forward Angel Di Maria says that he left Real ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives