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Gareth Bale wants to leave Real Madrid for hometown club in the summer



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Gareth Bale will undoubtedly go down in Real Madrid history as a player who came up clutch under the highest of pressures. One cannot deny that the Welshman was a vital pillar in the triple Champions League-winning side.

However, the end of Bale’s stay in Madrid is turning out to be uglier than initially imagined. The player has been out of the team dynamics for a long time now, but his recent world-class displays have ignited sparks in Spanish media once again.

According to reports from Fichajes, Bale has already decided on his next destination once his contract at the Bernabeu ends. The player wishes to sign a short term contract with Cardiff City as the next step in his career.

Several clubs from the Premier League and Serie A have made proposals to sign the Welsh international. With his contract set to run out in June, the prospect of his arrival on a free transfer is indeed tempting.

Yet, Bale wishes to return to his native country Wales, and Cardiff provides exactly that opportunity. Moreover, the reduced pressure at the club would help him recover his best form.

Bale has made four La Liga appearances this season with a cumulative of 268 minutes. He has scored one goal in the said duration. His last appearance came in the team’s 1-0 defeat to PSG at the Parc de Princes.

Last week, the Real Madrid forward made the headlines for producing a stunning performance in the colours of his national team. He scored both the goals on the night including a stunning free-kick which slotted right into the top right corner.

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UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”



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Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.

Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.

A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.

Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista

Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values ​​of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”

The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.

“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

Topuria triumphed over Volkanovski last Saturday. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.

Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.

Topuria’s message for Mbappe

Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.

When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”

Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.

Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.

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