Gareth Bale: Scored 31 goals for club and country this season Sky Bet Football Betting Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds Football Betting 10 Free Bet Real Madrid ambassador Zinedine Zidane believes Tottenham winger Gareth Bale is “more than good enough” to play for the Spanish side.
Bale, 23, has just enjoyed a stellar season, during which he scored 31 goals for club and country and was named Professional Footballers Association player and young player of the year and Football Writers Association footballer of the year.
With Spurs having missed out on a place in next season’s Champions League, it has been suggested they could struggle to hold on to Bale, although the club is keen to tie him to a new deal.
Zidane’s comments are likely to add to fears over a bid from the Bernabeu, with the former France international placing Bale in the same bracket as Real forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
“I’ve been watching Tottenham because Gareth Bale has been playing there,” said Zidane.
“He is consistently scoring spectacular goals and very important goals.
He is very quick, skilful and exciting.
“Of course all the talented players like that can come to Real Madrid.
Is he good enough for Real Madrid? Of course.
He is more than good enough to play for Real Madrid.
“Aside from Ronaldo and Messi, he is the player who has impressed me the most in the world.
He is outstanding.
“What has particularly impressed me is that he is consistent.
It’s not just been in one or two matches.”
0 View comments Zinedine Zidane has insisted Gareth Bale is more than good enough to play for Real Madrid and said the door is open for the Welshman to join the Spanish giants this summer.
Zidane works with the youth teams at the Bernabeu and has watched Bale, 23, this season, particularly in Tottenham’s Europa League campaign.
Zidane, 40, spoke in glowing terms about the Spurs star, who is set to sign a new contract at White Hart Lane worth up to 200,000 a week, despite Tottenham’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.
Seal of approval: Zinedine Zidane has said Gareth Bale is more than good enough to play for Real Madrid Real Madrid, however, remain very keen to sign Bale, who is valued at around 60million, and hope the lure of top European football will convince him to move abroad.
Zidane said: Big players like that, talented players like that, can always go to Real Madrid.
He’s more than good enough.I ve been watching Tottenham for the very reason Gareth Bale is playing.
Aside from people like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who are top players, he is the footballer who impressed me the most, I must admit.
He particularly impressed me because he was consistent.
He wasn t just great in one or two matches, he was consistently a good player, all the time, and he was consistent in scoring goals, very important goals.
Madrid defender Sergio Ramos said this week Bale is a Real Madrid-quality signing and Marcel Desailly added that he should leave Tottenham for a major club with a culture of victory .
Bale has enjoyed the best season of his career, scoring 31 goals for club and country, and former Chelsea and France defender Desailly believes Spurs can no longer fuel his ambition.
Desailly said: He should just go.
Tottenham will not give him the opportunity to play at a very high level.
There’s no price for experience.
It’s time for him to go.
It’s not a matter of money, it’s the experience at a club that has the culture of victory, a club that has trophies in the cupboard.
Not one or two, but plenty.
Zidane also feels Jose Mourinho’s exit from Real will not dent his confidence ahead of his expected return to Chelsea.
Zidane said it was no surprise Mourinho is leaving Madrid after a trophy-less season because of the high expectations at the club.
Zidane, a former Real star and a World Cup winner with France, said failing to win Madrid’s 10th European title would have been a disappointment for Mourinho, but backed him to bring more success to Stamford Bridge.
Zidane added: The issue with Madrid is that if you apply to run the club the expectation is that you win all matches in all competitions, and if you don t it’s very difficult and suddenly you get pressure from on high.
I m not sure that doesn t apply to all big clubs, but it applies particularly to Real.
All lost matches are a shock for Madrid.
The mentality is you have to in every match and every competition.
I don t think it will affect his (Mourinho s) confidence.
Obviously he’s disappointed because he didn t win, but I still think he has a lot of trust in what he does and in his work and will try to win again.
Zidane (right) admits to some managerial ambitions of his own and is taking his coaching badges while acting as director of football at Madrid.
It’s a good experience for me, he said.
I m taking courses to get my diplomas and, when I ve got them, I would like, eventually, to run a club.
Zinedine Zidane was speaking at the adidas lab, showcasing the latest innovations at the cutting edge of football.
Christian Benteke has warned Aston Villa that they can?t make him stay at the struggling Premier League side.
Benteke has buzzed attention from several top Premier League sides including Manchester City1, Arsenal2 and Chelsea3. However, Spurs are reportedly leading the race for Benteke who has scored 23 goals this season.
Christian Benteke, 22, has bought by Villa for ?7m last August from Genk and has settled in magnificently, easily becoming their top scorer of the season. He has three years left of his Villa contract to run and the club believe his value has more than trebled.
Belgian Benteke, said: ?If Aston Villa say I must stay, I won?t necessarily accept that.
I do not in any way want to feel I didn?t get the most out of my career.
I try to get everything.?
Again I find myself writing something as the poor reporting on Gareth Bale is making me ridiculously angry.
Firstly we have the numerous ex-players coming out on why Bale should leave. All have a hidden agenda and some being paid for doing it.
But as Gareth doesn’t want to listen to it direct the papers feel it might be best to print it (trying to force this advice down his throat).
Why oh why does anyone think that Bale would take his advice over say Ryan Giggs? The likelihood is that Giggs has told Bale give it another year and see if Champions League comes up, if not move to Utd.
I am angry to say the least that the press are trying to force him out of the country. The reason I say this is that Tottenham are not willing to ship Bale off to a team in the EPL, so essentially he would go aboard (as the club would not sell him to a rival).
One of the most exciting players in our league and he is treated like a child in a broken marriage (all the papers each have something different to say they are right and they all know what s best for him).
Then we have the fact that the papers are making up a lot of news up to sell their papers. Madrid are not in talks with Tottenham to buy Bale this summer! It is a load of rubbish.
Only today has a newspaper finally come out and highlighted something I had stated weeks ago!
The Daily Star are the first newspaper to remember that Bale has just signed a new 3 yr deal with BT as they push to take on Sky Sports, by having some of the EPL’s best players on their staff. How would Bale be accepted by the viewers playing in Spain? He wouldn’t!
BT have had assurances from Bale’s advisers that he is not moving abroad for the next year at least!
I cannot believe that it is taking the press so long to give up with their stories that are utter fairytales for a foreign club and start printing the truth.
How about our press supports our English teams!
Yes ok it s all about selling papers, but then all the blog, fans and Facebook pages are getting clogged up with fans that believe that Bale is off to Madrid and that they are concerned and worrying themselves for no reason.
As always common sense should wipe out most of the negative thoughts and the proof actually out there will take care of the rest.
Pay no attention to the reports, Bale is not leaving this summer and has been given assurances that Levy will go all out to add quality and depth to the squad to enable them make a better challenge for 4th and 3rd.
The winners of the Europa League will qualify for the following season’s Champions League from the 2015-16 season.
UEFA’s move is designed to boost the profile of European football’s second tournament which was won by Chelsea earlier this month.
It is understood that Europa League winners and Champions League winners will no longer take a place from the domestic leagues if they finish outside the Champions League qualifying spots.
Chelsea saw off the challenge from Benfica after Branislav Ivanovic headed home an injury-time winner to seal a 2-1 victory over the Portuguese side.
Up for the cup: Chelsea celebrate winning this year’s Europa League after a 2-1 victory over Benfica Winners: Chelsea have already qualified for next season’s Champions League after finishing in the top four Time to celebrate: John Terry with the Europa League trophy following Chelsea’s triumph EUROPA LEAGUE WINNERS (* indicates that they had not qualified for the Champions League) YEAR WINNERS 2013 Chelsea 2012 Atletico Madrid* 2011 Porto 2010 Atletico Madrid* 2009 Shakhtar Donetsk* 2008 Zenit St Petersburg 2007 Sevilla 2006 Sevilla* 2005 CSKA Moscow* 2004 Valencia Both Chelsea and Benfica were eliminated from the Champions League after they failed to qualify from their respective groups.
The new ruling will mean that England could have five Champions League places from 2015-16 if one of its clubs lifts the Europa League in 2015 and finishes outside the top four.
Wigan, Swansea and Tottenham will be England’s representatives in the Europa League next season.
UEFA meanwhile has ratified a proposal to impose a 10-match European ban for players and officials found guilty of racism.
Racism by fans will be punished by partial stadium closure for a first offence, with a full stadium closure for a second offence.
The new sanctions were agreed by UEFA’s executive committee meeting in London but moves to oblige national associations to follow suit have been watered down.
End of the road: Spurs finished outside the top four this season Venue: Warsaw will host the 2015 Europa League final Silverware: Winners of the Europa League will be granted a place in the Champions League The FA announced its own five-match minimum ban last week, but UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said individual associations could still decide on their own sanctions.
Infantino told a news conference: ‘An association should adopt the same or similar measures.
UEFA has always acted in a way to try to convince people rather than impose.
‘I don’t think you measure the way of fighting against racism in one simple measure and sanction.
‘The way I read the FA’s decision is that it could be five matches and it could also be 15.
The FA are sure their way of regulating is more correct for England.
‘It’s their decision but it doesn’t mean they do more or less than us.
Everyone has to do what they can do in this field.
‘The FA is autonomous and know best what is best for England to do in the fight against racism.
It is probably one of the countries where the most has been done.’ UEFA also announced tougher sanctions for insulting and assaulting match officials.
The ban for insulting officials has been raised from two to three matches and for assaulting match officials from 10 to 15 matches.
In other decisions, UEFA has announced that the Champions League final in 2015 will take place in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium and the Europa League final in Warsaw.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE RULE CHANGE Q: What are the Champions League rule changes? A: From 2015-16, the Europa League winners and the Champions League winners will both qualify for the following season’s Champions League.
Q: Will the maximum number of clubs from the top nations such as England in the Champions League remain at four clubs? A: No, there will be a maximum of five clubs but only under special circumstances.
Q: When can a country have five clubs in the Champions League? A: Only when a club wins the Champions League or Europa League but finishes outside the top four in the domestic league.
That happened last season when Chelsea finished sixth in the Premier League but took the Champions League spot from Tottenham who finished fourth, because they were European champions.
Q: Will a country be able to have six clubs if both Champions League and Europa League winners come from the same nation and both finish outside of the top four? A: No – five is the maximum.
In that unlikely scenario, the European trophy winners would qualify plus the top three.
Q: If the Champions League or Europa League winners finish inside the top four of their domestic league, will that allow the runners-up to qualify? A: No, only the winners.
Q: Will the Europa League winners go straight into the group phase of the Champions League? A: That has still to be confirmed but it appears that will usually be the case.
Q: If the Champions League or Europa League winners also qualify via their domestic league, will that allow the fifth-placed club in the league to take the ‘spare’ qualification place? A: No, in that scenario there would still only be four clubs qualifying.
After scoring 19 goals this season Benteke has become hot property and Villa are likely to cash in with Benteke already asking for a move.
A new contract is on the table for the 22 yr old but it is likely that he is set to move on.
A club official said:
Christian has loved his time at Villa, but he d definitely be tempted if a big club came in for him.
He knows he s reached the very top here already, and would jump at the chance to move to a team fighting for the top four especially after this season s relegation battle.
Well I think he would fit in at Spurs, he is one of the young and exciting prospects to come out of Belgium and he has friends already in the Spurs squad.
Come on Levy you need to act quickly on this one.
Fulham manager Martin Jol is being considered by Hamburg to replace general manager Frank Arnesen, who was sacked this week.
The Dutchman has just completed his second year as manager at the West London club, but could only muster a 12th place finish, three below where they came in his first year in charge.
Hamburg, who Jol managed during his time between Tottenham and Fulham, finished 7th in the Bundesliga this season, and can boast former Spurs midfielder Rafael van der Vaart.
Old haunt: Martni Jol has already managed Hamburg before
Sports Direct News have just announced that after a poor end to Thomas Vermaelen’s season Arsenal are now set to offload him?
Personally before you even look at the price tag I think you have to realise that Vermaelen is in fact the club captain!
Either way I would happily take the defender at that price (we would have a great squad of defenders then), but I cannot see this happening.
Arsenal would not want to strengthen our ranks with their captain no matter how poor a finish he had to the season.
Forget this one for now, there are more urgent issues at hand like Napoli’s approach for AVB!
Bale has confirmed what we all really knew and I have been saying it all along. The wording in his latest interview speaks volumes for itself.
Rather than waste my time writing about it just see for yourself the interview for Spurs Tv;
“We fought hard this season, the team and the manager have been great”.
“We have got the record points for the club in the Premier League. That would normally be enough to qualify for the Champions League, but it’s not meant to be again”
“It’s disappointing, but we will pick ourselves up again.
We will just have to regroup this season and give it another go.”
“It was obviously great to sign off with a great goal in the last minute, but circumstances made it hard to celebrate,” he said after picking up his latest accolade – the Tottenham Player-of-the-Year award.
“To play the way we have also but to miss out on our objective (Champions League qualification) is very disappointing.
“It was great to get the win but the clouds just came over and made it a little bit duller, but it’s something we have to learn from, we are a young squad, and we will take it in to the future.”
So how much more obvious can you say things?
Do not take the words lightly as the club would have gone into how he worded his response thoroughly.
Bale stays now jog on Real “Tap’em Up Madrid” go and find another player to tap up Gareth is happy!