Bale to Newcastle? New owners ready to splash the cash

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Gareth Bale could be back in the Premier League next season, with reports suggesting that Newcastle United, backed by the wealth of their new owners, are willing fork out as much as 60 million Euros for the Welsh superstar.

The Magpies’ takeover has meant that they are linked with pretty much everyone in this window, but the Bale rumours allegedly have a little more traction. There are also rumours that the new owners want Mauricio Pochettino on board, which would essentially see two of Tottenham Hotspur’s most influential figures this decade- one a player and the other a manager, come together at St.James Park.

If the Bale move does go through, he would essentially be replicating the move Michael Owen made several years ago, a switch from Real to the North-East that made him NUFC’s most expensive signing. Continue reading

Achieved and in Contention: Bale’s International Records

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When the media discuss Gareth Bale, the headlines often focus on his situation at Real Madrid and whether or not he will be leaving the Bernabeu. Such a great player deserves to be spoken about in terms of his exploits on the pitch, and it’s always good to redress the balance.

We all know about Bale’s achievements at club level, particularly since he made that switch from Spurs to Real in 2013, but what about his efforts on the international stage? The winger is already a record-breaker with the Welsh national side, and if he keeps playing Continue reading

Real Madrid 1-1 Real Valladolid | Gareth Bale plays the full 90

Real Madrid couldn’t reproduce their win from Week 1 here, but still came away with a point that sees them stay in the top three.

Gareth Bale played the full 90 minutes of this clash for Real with James, Isco and Benzema the ones subbed off by Zidane. Benzema opened the scoring in the 82nd minute, only for Valladolid to find an equaliser two minutes from time from Sergi Guardiola (no relation to Pep!)

Here are Marca’s player ratings for the game for all Madrid players, including Bale.

Real Madrid 1-1 Valladolid Ratings

Bale named in Wales squad for Azerbaijan and Belarus games in September

Fresh off a fine performance in Real’s season opener against Celta, Gareth Bale has now been named by Ryan Giggs in the Welsh squad for their international games against Azerbaijan and Belarus next month.

Wales are in fourth in Group E, having picked up only 3 points from their first 3 games. Azerbaijan are last in the same group, which also consists of Hungary, Slovakia and Croatia.

Wales Squad