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MLS giants ready to offer ‘juicy contract’ to Real Madrid outcast

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With Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid contract winding down, there have been a lot of speculations surrounding his next move.

Signed by Real Madrid in 2013, the Welsh wing-wizard went on to play a key role in the success that the club have achieved over the past decade.

However, he never really endeared himself to the supporters despite his contributions and his falling out with Zinedine Zidane a few years ago all but sealed his future at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Bale spent the last season on loan at former club Tottenham Hotspur and enjoyed a decent campaign. Back at Real Madrid, there was some hope that Carlo Ancelotti could reincorporate him into the side and extract the best out of him.

However, that has not materialised as Bale has played 290 minutes of football over seven games, scoring one goal.

While he has been warming the bench at the club, the 32-year-old has managed to inspire Wales into the 2022 FIFA World Cup and will plan his next move accordingly so as to stay in shape for the tournament.

There have been speculations of a return to Tottenham while Arsenal and Cardiff City have also been touted as potential destinations. A fresh report from AS (h/t Fichajes) now claims that Bale could end up in the MLS where D.C. United are showing a strong interest.

The report claims that the American franchise had wanted to sign the Wales international in January itself. But Real Madrid were unwilling to terminate his contract and pay him a fee, which is why the move collapsed.

But with Bale now set to become a free agent, D.C. United are back in the fray and are ready to hand the veteran attacker a ‘juicy contract’ to lure him to the United States.

It will be interesting to see what Bale decides, with recent reports even hinting that the 32-year-old might end up staying put in Spain beyond the current campaign, albeit at a different club than Real Madrid.

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Manchester City forward rejected Real Madrid after trials – ‘Good experience, but it’s in the past’

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When Real Madrid took on Manchester City last at the Etihad Stadium, they were humbled by a 4-0 thrashing that sent them home.

The game had Manchester City written all over it as the men in blue dominated from start to finish, generating almost five times as much goal threat as Real Madrid.

The final nail in the coffin on the night was delivered by a certain Argentine sensation who had been on the field for just two minutes.

Coming on in the 89th minute, Julian Alvarez found the back of the net in the first minute of added time and secured the win for his side.

Speaking to the media ahead of his team’s second-leg clash against the Merengues, the World Cup winner revealed that he was close to signing for Real Madrid in 2011 when he was still an eleven-year-old player with no professional contract.

He played a tournament in the Real Madrid colours, impressing the administration and management and doing enough to secure a deal.

However, his dream was cut short by FIFA’s rules which implied that a player under 16 could only sign for a club if his entire family moved with him. That, however, was not an option for Alvarez’s family.

“I was there for about 20 days. I was just 11 years old. To go to Spain, all my family had to move. It’s already in the past.”

Julian Alvarez scored against Real Madrid last season. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

The young striker eventually signed for River Plate where he shone across all levels to earn a move to Manchester City in 2022. He now stares at another game against the club he could have represented and is determined to give his best tomorrow.

“It was a good experience but it’s in the past. Now I’m different, I’m a professional player. If we listen to what Pep tells us to do, we are going to win,” he said on his thoughts on Real Madrid.

When asked if he would like to score tomorrow against Los Blancos, the youngster did not hesitate in admitting that it would be special for him.

“Of course, I’d love to score again. Last game I was only able to play five minutes and I scored. This time I’d love to play a bit more and of course score.”

Finally, the World Cup winner spoke on Manchester City’s goal of defending the UCL title and why it was a very demanding ask from the men in blue.

“It’s going to be hard [to retain the Champions League]. Last season was hard, this season will be hard again. But we know what we have to do and we have the things to do it again.”

“We always learn, especially winning five different competitions, we learned a lot. But we always see the next game and we always focus on winning, winning, winning the next game,” he added on the team’s approach.

Source: Manchester Evening News

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