Euro 2016: England vs Wales preview

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[dropcap]E[/dropcap]ngland looked like on course for getting three points against Russia in their opening group match, but they were led down by a late goal. This denied them an opportunity to open a major tournament with a victory. Roy Hodgson’s team will certainly feel hard done by after having dominated Russia for much of the game. The result leaves them with the need for three points without any fail when they take on Wales and the odds favour an English victory. Chris Coleman’s team were a surprise qualifier for the Euro 2016, but they began the campaign with a 2-1 win over Slovakia.

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This fine victory has put them top of group A and they can potentially go into the game against England are looking for just in draw. England, though, need to get a win in order to stay alive in the tournament. Gareth Bale may have been the easy and obvious target for the opposition in the opening match, but the brilliant Real Madrid winger came up with a goal to ensure that Wales started the campaign in positive fashion.

One of the positives for England will be the form of Wayne Rooney, who was impeccable against Russia. Likewise, Hodgson will contemplate the possibility of resting Harry Kane, who looked weary and tired throughout the game. Kane is coming on the back of a long and hard campaign with Tottenham. After having performed exceptionally well up until now, the Tottenham striker is in danger of losing his position to Jamie Vardy for the game against Wales.

Coleman is unlikely to make many changes to the starting line-up that won convincingly against Slovakia. The race to qualify for the last 16 round of the competition is heating up and the arrival of Vardy to the starting line-up may be the crucial element that pushes England towards their first win.

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Gareth Bale is comfortable with BBC

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Gareth Bale believes that he can be very excited, if he play for Real Madrid in Champions League semi-finals.

Bale has scored a fantastic long goal against Real Sociedad in La Liga and suffered with a knee injury, which cost him to miss the Champions League second-leg against Borussia Dortmund.

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Los Blancos has a tough La Liga schedule, but they are looking for the 10th Champions League victory. Former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho failed to achieve this while he was in Spain.

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24-year-old Bale said his company with Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo is healthy and gives positive energy to score more. Their BBC line up ( Bale, Benzema, Cristiano) gives them 31 goals so far.

‘It is obviously great playing with great players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema but I think the whole team has been performing well all season and we are enjoying it very much,’

He added that he feels more comfortable in Spain than England and he believes his style remains same.

‘I don’t feel I’ve changed too much,’

‘I think there is more emphasis on possession here in Spain than in the Premier League, but my style hasn’t changed greatly and I feel comfortable playing here.’

Real Madrid got massive result against Dortmund, who destroyed Real’s Champions League dream last year, so they have more chances to enter in semi-finals.

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If they enter semis, that is the first Champions League‘s big entry for Bale.

‘We have to beat Dortmund first and get to the semi-final. If we get too carried away, things will obviously turn very bad for us,’

‘I’ve never played there, but I’ve watched it on TV and heard about it. There is supposed to be an unbelievable atmosphere. Also Lewandowski is a great player and he has proved that over the years but we just have to do our normal job, like we did in the home leg.’

Ancelotti has cleared Bale’s injury cause

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Bale's injury

Gareth bale, the world’s highest ranked transfer player, has suffered a leg injury and will miss the Copa del Rey quarter-final, second leg against Espanyol. The White’s boss Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Bale’s injury.

After the world record holding transfer was signed, Bale has suffered continuous injuries, but never disappoints Real Madrid while in the pitch.

He is the kind of player who scores well and creates opportunities for strikers. Bale scored 10 goals in all competition and assisted in most of the Real Madrid’s goals.

Barcelona, who entered with massive aggregate and Atletico Madrid, are already secured a place in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey. Real Madrid finished the last season without any trophies, so this time out they are looking for a lot of silverware.

Bale made an important contribution to Real Madrid’s unbeaten run in 21 matches.

Ancelotti revealed: “Bale felt discomfort in his left leg. His problem isn’t with his genitals,”

“He tried to train but had discomfort in his left leg. We prefer that he recovers and he will not play tomorrow,

“He will train to be ready for Sunday. Jese will play in his place.”

After winning the world’s best player award, Cristiano Ronaldo is on a good pace for scoring goals. He turns all  opportunities into goals and has shown he is willing and able  to lead Real Madrid to the semi-finals.

Bale to make debut for Real Madrid against Villarreal

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Gareth Bale

 

Former Paris Saint-Germain and  now Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that world record signing Gareth Bale will make his Real Madrid debut against Villarreal Saturday night where Los Blancos will face their toughest test so far this season.

The Italian coach also told reporters that Goalkeeper Iker Casillas will start in next week’s Champions League match.

The Welsh wizard as he was referred to at his former club Tottenham Hotspurs signed this past summer for Real Madrid in a world record breaking 100€ million.

The Italian coach has said the Bale will play in this weekend’s la Liga clash, but has not said whether or not he will be a starter or if he will come on as a substitute.

“Bale will travel to Villarreal and will play, although I don’t know if he’ll start or come off the bench,” Ancelotti said at a press conference.

“Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo are two excellent players and I have no doubt that they will improve the team together.

“What I like the most about Bale? His motivation and his desire to make an impact here at Madrid. He is very happy and humble.”

Ancelotti then went on to talk about out of favour Iker Casillas saying that Spain’s number one keeper will play against their Group B opener against Galatasaray midweek.

“On Tuesday, Iker will play from the start, so everybody is calm,” he added.

“It might be an option that Diego Lopez plays in La Liga and Casillas in the Copa del Rey.”

Real Madrid will not give up on Bale

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Bale

 

All the talk in the world of football right now is centered on Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, and the possibility of him signing for Real Madrid.

If reports are correct the Spanish Giants have already made an offer of £85 million for the Welsh international yet Spur’s chairman Daniel Levy who is known to be a tough negotiator is holding out for either more money, or perhaps a couple of players on top of the world record transfer fee.

Yesterday’s daily Spanish sports newspaper and mouthpiece of Real Madrid MARCA reported that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez could offer Angel Di Maria and Fabio Coentrao, as part of the deal.

Today’s British tabloid The Daily Mirror is saying that Tottenham would agree a deal to sell Bale to Madrid for a world record breaking cash fee plus the return of Croatian midfielder Luka Modric  who the Yids sold to Madrid last season for £33 million.

Since talk first emerged that Real Madrid were interested in the 24-year-old, Bale had a meeting with Levy and was said to be furious with the chairman after he was told that he could not have talks with Perez and Zidane.

It could very well be a coincidence but since that meeting Bale has not played in any of Tottenham’s preseason friendlies on their tour of Asia.

The story from the club is that their star player has a slight injury and is responding to physiotherapy.

Real Madrid advisor and  former player and French international Zinedine Zidane was assigned the task of watching Bale all of last season, and has said that the winger is in the world’s top three players, and when talking of his clubs interest in signing Bale said: “We will not stop.”

Zidane said: “We will not give up on Gareth Bale. It is normal that Tottenham want to keep him and make him sign a new contract, but it is impossible to forget a player of his quality.”

“This is modern football. You have to pay to get the best players in Europe.”

“Last season, Gareth was on the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The best players can have not so great games but change a game with a moment of brilliance.

“Those are the sort of players that win you Champions League and league titles.”

Reports today are saying that Levy and Perez will meet in Miami over the 6th and 7th of August to iron out a deal which I think will see Bale in Spain regardless of what Madrid need to pay in order to sign him.

 

Rio Ferdinand Confident about next season

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News dominating all the papers this morning is of course about Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, and his desire to join Real Madrid.

Rather than keep speculating about whether a deal is imminent or not you must remember the Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy is known to be a tough negotiator, and if reports coming out of Spain are correct when we read that a meeting has been arranged between Levy and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to be held in Miami between the 6th and 7th of August we can put this story on the back burner for a week.

Meanwhile Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand feels that the current United squad is good enough to retain their Premier League title without the help of any new signings.

So far manager David Moyes has failed in his attempt to bolster the United midfield having lost out to Bayern Munich for Barcelona’s Thiago Alcantara and also former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas who prefers to stay at the Nou Camp.

United veteran Rio Ferdinand however feels that the current squad is capable of retaining the title no matter what happens in the transfer market.

Saying: “We’re confident. If we had to go into the season with the players that we’ve got now I’d be more than confident and with high hopes of doing well and winning trophies.

“If the manager adds to that and chooses to add to that, then great – but it remains to be seen.”

Manager David Moyes also appears upbeat following the tour of Asia: “I’m taking away a great experience of my first trip with Manchester United in general and what the football club means around the world.

“But I’ve also had a chance to get to know the players, try and settle into my new environment and the players to get to know me as well.

“They’ve been working with a great manager for a long time, a lot of them, so it’s going to take time. But I’ve enjoyed working with them, they’re incredibly professional and I can see why they’re champions. The way they conduct themselves and go about their business and I’ve been very impressed by them.”

 

Bale determined to play for Real Madrid

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Bale

 

The biggest news in all of football today is real Madrid’s offer of £85 million for Tottenham’s Gareth Bale which would surpass the previous world record transfer that Madrid paid to Manchester United in 2009 for Cristiano Ronaldo then handing over £80 million for the Portuguese winger.

So far Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy and manager Andres Villas-Boas have repeatedly said that the 24-year-old Bale will remain at White Hart Lane.

Yesterday when asked if a bid had been received from Real Madrid AVB said: “I don’t want to comment on anything like that, I cannot speak about anything.”

Meanwhile Levy is said to have cut short his family vacation in Florida to return to London in another indication that a deal is imminent.

Even the bookmakers have seen a switch in betting as up until yesterday Bale was a favourite to stay in London but now the money is going the other way according to Sky Bets Chris Spicer who said: “The majority of bets throughout the summer have been on Bale remaining at Tottenham, but we’ve seen a sudden shift in interest in him leaving and we now offer 7/4 on him staying at Spurs.

“Reports suggest that Real Madrid have now made their move and that Bale is unhappy that it has been swiftly rebuffed.

“Our punters now seem convinced Real will get their man and Spurs will have to settle for their sizeable compensation.”

According to reports in all the British press Bale has now set his heart on moving to the Santiago Bernabeu and is furious that Levy is trying to block it.

Another indication that Bale will be leaving are tweets early this morning from a Valencia director who tweeted that Spurs had completed a deal for the Spanish international Roberto Soldado for 30€.

 

Real Madrid to offer £85 million for Bale

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El Confidencial newspaper in Spain is reporting this Tuesday morning that Real Madrid is preparing an £85 million offer for Tottenham’s Gareth Bale.

Gareth Bale has always been the Spanish giants target after former French international Zinadine Zidane was tasked with watching Bale play last season leading him to say that Bale was the third best player in football after Messi and Ronaldo.

Spurs have said all along that there is no way that the winger will be leaving the club this summer with yet again being asked about it at a press conference during Tottenham’s pre-season tour of Hong Kong.

‘I want to repeat what I was telling you last season and what I was telling you from the beginning of pre-season so I cannot extend myself,” Villas-Boas said, when asked about Bale’s future.

“He is a player that we are willing to continue to have, he’s a Tottenham player, he’s one of the most fantastic players in the world at the moment and we are counting on him for the future.”

Bale was responsible for scoring 21 goals in 34 premiership matches last season, and is thought to be vital if the club is to finish in the top four next season earning a place in the Champions League.

Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy and real Madrid president Florentino Perez have done deals in the past including the sale of Croatian Luka Modric to Los Blanco’s prompting Spurs to say that they had a “partnership agreement” with the Spanish club.

Last week when speaking to Spanish daily sports newspaper MARCA, Perez said:

“For those players and investments that generate and produce income, you can give everything in life, but we don’t speak of Bale so much because he plays at a friendly club to us and they will be annoyed if we speak. I know their chairman well and he doesn’t like these things.”

El Confidencial claims that the renewed interest from Madrid comes after talk that Manchester United are putting an offer together for the young Welshman.

 

Bale not going anywhere

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All you Tottenham Hotspur fans can now give a huge sigh of relief safe in the knowledge that your best player has decided to stay a little longer at White Hart Lane.

This morning the Madrid based newspaper MARCA which is in effect a mouthpiece for Real Madrid printed a story that quotes club president Florentino Perez as saying that any moves for Gareth Bale must now be placed on the back burner, after Tottenham chairmen Daniel Levy informed the Spanish giants that the Welsh wizard as he is called in England would be going nowhere this summer.

This may only be a delay in the inevitable though as Madrid will not give up on the man that Zinedine Zidane calls the third best footballer in the world, and with Perez and Levy having such a close relation between them you can be sure that the Spurs winger will be leaving for the Santiago Bernabeu next summer.

At only 23-years-old Bale knows that he has plenty of time to move to Spain and play in La Liga, and seems quite happy to team up with Tottenham’s new striker Brazilian Paulinho next season as the pair try to secure a spot for their team in the Champions League.

MARCA obviously disappointed that anyone would dare to say no to what they consider the biggest club on the planet could not help having a dig by saying that Bale unlike former Spurs Player Luka Modric obviously did not have the ambition to be at a club that would be playing in the Champions League next season.