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Is Real Madrid Losing Interest in Bale?

  • Telegraph, Tuesday, August 13, 2013 1:52 PM
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.

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