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 Post subject: Re: Gareth Bale: Monkey Magic
PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 12:08 pm 
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Gareth Bale could be the next star to walk out of White Hart Lane, after his agent claimed Tottenham’s lack of Champions League football represents ‘a problem’.

The Welsh winger is being followed by a host of top clubs throughout Europe, including Barcelona and Inter Milan, who have now been encouraged to make a bid for the 22-year-old.

Spurs unluckily missed on Champions League football, despite finishing fourth in the Premier League, due to Chelsea's final triumph over Bayern Munich.

Now Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, has urged interested parties to step up if they are serious about taking his client to new heights.

‘Yes, it is clear that this [no Champions League football] is a problem,’ said Barnett.
‘The big European clubs already know how much it would take to do a deal and therefore if you are interested you know what kind of offer has to be put on the table.’

Barnett, did though, admit there was currently no bid on the table from La Liga giants Barcelona.

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 Post subject: Re: Gareth Bale: Monkey Magic
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This has been doing the rounds.

Hazard

35 games 14 goals 8 assists

League player of the years, touted as being up there with the Ronaldo and Messi.... try not to laugh

Bale

28 games 13 goals 8 assists

Being booe'd and hounded out of Madrid by their fans.


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 Post subject: Re: Gareth Bale: Monkey Magic
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 7:21 pm 
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Problem is bale smashed transfer record on way to madrid.. Hazard is over rated .. He won't get into Madrid Barcelona Bayern team ..

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 Post subject: Re: Gareth Bale: Monkey Magic
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 9:48 pm 
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It's quite simple Hazard plays for Chelsea where in comparison to players who wouldn't get in the Madrid team he looks brilliant Bale plays in a team where those numbers just aren't good enough.

Hazard isn't over rated imo he wouldn't get in that Barca front 3 but he would probably start ahead of Ribery at Bayern and he'd fight with Bale at Madrid he is a very very good footballer.

If you are a world record player fans expect world record numbers and Ronaldo has set that bar impossibly high for anyone else to achieve.


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 Post subject: Re: Gareth Bale: Monkey Magic
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 11:01 pm 
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Hazard is excellent, silly to say he's overrated. People saying that will be the same crowd who said it about Bale at Spurs..

Bale made himself a problem at Real. He made some dodgy decisions in some games. Shooting when the easy pass was on that would've pretty much guaranteed a goal. He's done it more than a few times when I've seen him. Plus he's vanished in too many big games, and some times he goes for a push and run that looks embarrassing when he gets it wrong.

Problem was, he played like Ronaldo at Spurs. Genuinely like he was mimicking the style, and it worked exceptionally well. It works to an extent at Real but there's only one Ronaldo.. And he's a lot better at being Ronaldo. I'll always prefer Messi but you can't argue with the Ronaldo goal return either, and if Bale was bought as Ronaldo MK II.. then he's not doing enough and definitely not enough in big games. He cost crazy money after all. And I think it's also noted that he never came across especially likeable with that heart thing and patenting the celebration.. Madrid fans are also a fickle bunch of bastards.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 6:18 pm 
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Gareth Bale is going back to England. It’s a line you’ve probably read quite a lot over the past three years, only this time it is actually true. On Tuesday night Bale plays at a Premier League ground for the first time since he left for Real Madrid in 2013, but it will be for one night only. If there have been moments of doubt for the world’s most expensive player, if the pull of home never entirely goes away and the demands never diminish, he is more settled in Spain than ever before.

More integrated, confident and appreciated, now fit again after a minor calf strain saw him left out of the victory over Villarreal as a precaution, Bale heads back to face Manchester City searching for a second Champions League winner’s medal. Searching a first league title, too: after a day when the top three all won, Bale led his team back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday with two goals and a dynamic, dominant performance that brought praise from Zinedine Zidane. The coach said: “He made the difference. We needed Bale today and he was phenomenal. People will look at the two goals but he played really well beyond the goals. His defensive work, his attacking work was good. Physically he is in good shape, he played 90 minutes. Gareth did fantastic work. Physically he grew stronger as the game went on.”

This was a further reminder that he is a man for City to fear, one who has scored 18 goals and provided 10 assists this season. Nothing unusual there: Bale got 22 goals in his first season, 17 goals in his second. By any objective measure, he has been a success. He scored the winning goal in the Copa del Rey and European Cup finals, scored in the final of the Club World Cup and provided an assist for Cristiano Ronaldo in the European Super Cup final. A goal against Sevilla last month made him Britain’s highest scorer in La Liga history.

Yet doubts lingered; so too uncertainty. Statistics were one thing, sensations another. At Madrid, where there is more than just football to contend with, the on-field demands and off-field difficulties are considerable – especially for a foreigner used to a different game. Reports of rejection were wrong and too much was made of timid whistling of him in a stadium that has whistled everyone from Alfredo Di Stéfano to Zidane, but it was true that life was not perfect.

“Relax, Bale is playing well: he is having a fantastic season,” Carlo Ancelotti said. That was in early 2015 and the fact that Madrid’s then manager felt the need to say so was telling. “Last year was a difficult one for me,” Bale admitted recently. After Madrid’s Champions League semi-final defeat last May, his agent Jonathan Barnett complained: “Gareth’s career is suffering because his team-mates do not pass to him.”

It was an argument supported with statistics and one that hinted at internal politics. There was no confrontation as such but there was distance between him and Ronaldo, two different personalities occupying the same space. Bale was “pissed off”, Barnett admitted. “Most would have been broken by this but he’s determined,” he said. “He could have screamed or shouted or knocked on the manager’s door but he doesn’t want to upset anyone.”

There may have been no knock at the manager’s door but there were conversations, during which the president, Florentino Pérez, insisted he would never sell Bale – he was the future of Madrid, their franchise player, a Ballon d’Or winner in the waiting. When Rafa Benítez took over, among his first tasks was to visit Bale in Wales to discuss a new position behind the forwards.

Few in Spain saw Bale as a No10 but it was a role he welcomed and one that could work for him. During 2013, Madrid’s then assistant coach Paul Clement outlined the differences between Ronaldo and Bale in a way that suggested as much. “Gareth tends to come in between the lines a little bit more. Cristiano is very direct in his style, whereas Gareth will come inside, play combinations with others, look to slide balls in to team-mates,” he said. It might suit him, in other words.

Whether it suited others was a different matter. Some saw an attempt to thrust Bale centre stage to the detriment of Ronaldo, not just a footballing decision but a political one. Along with Karim Benzema, Bale was Madrid’s best outfield player in the first half of this season, taking greater responsibility. Benítez found a listener and a worker; as Clement had put it, he is coachable. Collectively, though, Madrid struggled and Benítez’s relationship with some in the dressing room and the boardroom was deteriorating.

As the pressure built, Bale supported Benítez, believing they were making progress and that cliques had been broken down. He told the club that they should back him. The day Benítez was sacked, replaced by Zidane, the Welshman was among the very few players to be upset and the only one to say so publicly. He was concerned that progress would be reversed and he would return to the wing. Worse, the left wing. He has made no secret of his preference to play with freedom.

“I understand Gareth can have been annoyed with Benítez going because he was an important coach for him but he’s going to have the same affection [from me],” Zidane insisted at his presentation. “He’s fundamental; he’s phenomenal and what he has been doing recently is fantastic. I’ll give him all my support so he plays well.”

On Zidane’s debut four days later Bale scored a hat-trick against Deportivo La Coruña, departing to a standing ovation. It was his second hat-trick in four games and took him to 10 goals in seven. At that stage, no player had provided as many assists, either. The paper AS called him colossal, while Marca went for fabulous, the veteran match reporter Santiago Segurola writing: “Bale produced his best game at Real Madrid, as good as any of those by the great stars of this club.”

For some in Bale’s circle, that recognition was overdue. “I had a very good relationship with Rafa [and] it was a big disappointment to see him go,” Bale admitted that night. “But you’re professional and you get on with it. You can never predict what happens in the future but I’m enjoying my football at the moment so I’ll keep going.”

The message has become less ambiguous since and there has been a confidence about the way Bale has expressed himself, something he is doing more often. He it was who appeared in the press conference before the clásico, a match in which he made the winner and, while he had a goal of his own disallowed, he has continued to score under Zidane. Although he has returned to the wing, it has usually been to the right and with freedom. And while he remains most dangerous with space and has scored more headed goals (eight) than anyone in Europe, he also believes he has adapted to Spain’s more technical, tighter style.

“Football is different in the Premier League; it’s more end to end and there’s much more space. I understand the play [here] better now. I’m improving all the time. Last year was a difficult year for me,” he said.

Adaptation comes off the pitch too. When his daughter, Nava Valentina, was born recently, it was in Spain, not the UK. His Spanish is slowly improving, he has built a relationship with team-mates, particularly his former Tottenham colleague Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Dani Carvajal, is closer to club captain Sergio Ramos than ever before and if he has a sense that the Real players look upon him differently now, he sees them differently too. “Maybe in the past we haven’t all worked as one but now we’re working as a team,” he said.

Put in simple terms, he is happier now. If Barnett called Bale “pissed off” but “determined” a year ago, when he was asked about his client a fortnight ago in Madrid, his response was different: “He loves it here.”

As for Zidane, he says: “Gareth’s an important player. My relationship with him is very good because he’s a straightforward kid and his Spanish is improving every day.”

Bale said: “It’s difficult playing in a foreign country [but] I’ve felt more settled this year. I’ve felt more involved in the team and that’s helped my performances on the pitch.”

There lies the rub, the one nagging doubt: there, in those last three words, “on the pitch”. Eighteen goals and 10 assists in 19 league starts is an even more telling statistic than it may first appear; because if 18 and 10 are impressive numbers, 19 is a worrying one. Bale has missed 13 league games, denying him the continuity he needs to cement his status.

“It has been a bit of a frustrating season,” he admits, yet it could end as a glorious one, thanks not least to a wonderful display. Last Saturday he scored against Getafe only to be withdrawn as a precaution, missing the next match against Villarreal. It didn’t go unnoticed that he’d played golf on the Sunday, sparking some criticism. But if Gareth Bale was missing on Wednesday, he was back at Rayo yesterday, carrying his side to a huge victory, and he will be back on Tuesday too: back in England for the first time in three years and for one night only


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 Post subject: Re: Gareth Bale: Monkey Magic
PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 1:26 pm 
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He has been brilliant for Madrid since his move .. not sure why Madrid expect him to be Messi or ROnaldo ..

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So true mate ...he is consistently inconsistent throughout his united career ..but what if he turns consistent ..he will get around 40 goals...ATM im waiting for that time as his age is 24/25 :wait: ... :|
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 Post subject: Re: Gareth Bale: Monkey Magic
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He's the most expensive footballer in the world and when you break the record paid for Ronaldo 7 seasons ago people will expect you to meet or excede the ridiculous standards he has set. Doesn't help when Ronaldo is still there smashing in 50 goals a season.

I think a lot of it comes down to personality it seems to me like you need a very very thick skin to survive in that Madrid dressing room the egos you're competing with are huge and if you show weakness they'll pounce. Bale has obviously tried to be Ronaldo's mate and almost be prepared to accept the number 2 role like Neymar had to at Barca with Messi but I don't get the impression that Ronaldo has been as welcoming as Messi maybe was.

The main thing is when you watch Barca play or one of the great Utd sides of Fergie's time it always looked like a load of mates playing football together Madrid looks like an all star team where you've got a manager trying to get a load of guys who hate each other to play for each other.


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Gareth Bale has signed a contract extension with Real Madrid until 2022 in a deal that will make him the best-paid player in the world, with the Welshman due to earn more than £150m over the next six years in salaries and bonuses.

The European champions confirmed on Sunday that the Wales international, 27, has committed his future to the club he joined in September 2013 for a then world-record transfer fee of £85m.

“Real Madrid CF and Gareth Bale have agreed to the extension of the player’s contract, which ties him to the club until June 30, 2022,” read a club statement.

Negotiations over an extension have been ongoing for several months between Madrid and Bale’s representative Jonathan Barnett, with an agreement eventually reached a few weeks ago. It is understood that the new contract is worth more than £600,000 a week before tax with the buyout clause set at €1bn (£900m) – believed one of the biggest ever signed in the history of the sport. That is the equivalent to around £350,000 a week after tax, more than the estimated £288,000 Madrid pay his team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo. Negotiations over a new deal for the Portuguese have not yet been finalised.

The new contract ends any lingering doubt that Bale would remain in Spain despite speculation he could return to the Premier League. He has scored 50 goals in 90 league appearances and helped Madrid lift five trophies during his three years at the club, including winning the Champions League in 2014 and 2016.

Bale joins Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Lucas Vázquez in committing his future to the European champions in recent weeks. His previous deal – signed in 2013 – had run until 2019.

Madrid have been looking to tie down their leading players as they also fight a Fifa transfer ban for breaching rules governing the transfer and registration of players aged under 18. The club, along with city rivals Atlético, are currently banned from registering any new players in the next two transfer windows – until January 2018 – but have appealed against the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).


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