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'Madrid get rid of a problem' - Former Real Madrid star accuses Tottenham-bound Gareth Bale of giving up
Predrag Mijatović - the man who previously criticised Bale for his love of golf - has had his say on the Welshman's expected Real Madrid exitPrior to Wales' Nations League matches with Finland and Bulgaria, Bale opened up on his desire to leave the Spanish capital.
Harry Kane has shouldered the responsibility for so long, I think he’ll be ecstatic Gareth Bale is coming in to share the burden.
In terms of achievement, they aren’t equals. Bale has four Champions League titles.
But I don’t think it’ll bother Kane. Every player has an ego but he will also be selfishly thinking with Bale around, Spurs have a better chance of delivering a trophy and competing for a top-four place.
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Most players like to look around the dressing room and feel reassured they’ve got top people around them.
I had that with Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen at Liverpool, and Kane will benefit from seeing Bale alongside him. Instead of feeling that unless he scores, Spurs may not win, I expect Kane’s level to rise having a world-class player next to him.
People talk about Bale at Real, but I think his success with Wales is an equally good indicator. He’ll be able to knuckle down and play whichever way Jose Mourinho wants.
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Real usually dominate the ball and Bale doesn’t have to think too much about defensive duties. But on the international stage, he was ready to lead and disciplined enough to fit into a team pattern when the opposition might be better.
He’s only 31 and been lightly used for 18 months so I don’t think he should be found physically wanting whether Mourinho wants his forwards to press, play counter-attack or play between the lines.
I think Bale’s most effective position will be wide on the right of a 4-3-3 but if Mourinho wants to go 4-2-3-1, he could do a job as No 10.
Kane and the rest will find a Galactico happy to be one of the team. It’s a terrific signing.
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There is no doubt in my mind Thiago Alcantara is coming to Liverpool as a first XI player — I doubt very much he’s had any conversations with Jurgen Klopp about sitting on the bench this season.
He has great feet, passes well, has super awareness and can play in any of the midfield positions. I don’t see any risk at under £30million because he only had a year left on his Bayern contract.
I do think Gini Wijnaldum’s departure has an air of inevitability about it now because Liverpool will have seven or eight players challenging for three positions, which means too many unhappy faces for the balance of the squad.
There aren’t many ways Klopp could made this Liverpool even better but I think Thiago will. He’s fit enough to do the work required of Liverpool’s midfield and has that ability to play progressive passes.
He can do a job where Fabinho played last season or if Fabinho is in the team, he can operate higher up the pitch.
Liverpool’s recruitment has been outstanding, finding hungry players itching to reach the top. But now they’re at the summit, I can see the sense in bringing in ready-made, particularly when they are bargains.
Bale completes return to Spurs seven years after record Madrid switch
Gareth Bale has re-signed for Tottenham Hotspur on a season-long loan from Real Madrid. © Getty Gareth Bale is returning to Spurs on a season-long loan - he left back in 2013 The Welsh international, 31, signed for Madrid for £85m in 2013 from Spurs at the end of a season in which he finished as the club's top goalscorer.Despite having made more than 170 appearances for Madrid, scoring 80 goals and winning La Liga twice - and the Champions League four times - his relationship seemed to sour with the fans and manager Zinedine Zidane.
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The Wales star, who is currently out with a knee injury, sealed a return to Spurs last week on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid, seven years after leaving north London for the Spain.The Wales star sealed a return to Spurs last week on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid, seven years after leaving north London for the Spanish capital.