Former Spurs Boss Tips Gareth Bale to Choose London Homecoming Over Bayern Munich Switch

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp expects Gareth Bale to leave Real Madrid this summer in favour of a move back to Tottenham ?and not Bayern Munich, as has recently been reported.

The Welsh winger has endured a torrid time in Spain since leaving the north London giants in 2013, picking up a number of injuries which have hindered his expected transition into one of the world’s best.


The 28-year-old is rarely out of the treatment room, and word from behind the scenes is that Florentino Perez and manager Zinedine Zidane have lost patience with the player.

Speaking to ?talkSPORT, Redknapp, who managed Spurs from 2008-2012, said: “Gareth would be a great signing for Tottenham, it would be fantastic.

“He’s an amazing player. He can play so many positions and in so many systems, there are so many strings to his bow, he’s such a fantastic talent.

Tottenham's English manager Harry Redkna

“Going back to Tottenham – if he comes back [to the Premier League] he would only go to a top-six club, but it would be nice to see him go back to Spurs.

“I think he’ll come home, he’s a homeboy. I remember giving him four or five days off at Tottenham, we didn’t have a game for two weeks or something, and he went back to Wales to see his mum, he didn’t go abroad or anywhere exotic. He’s quite a Steady Eddie, I think he’d like to be back at home.”


It was Redknapp’s management at Spurs that allowed Bale to flourish, and a number of fans would surely love to see him return to the Premier League where he initially became a superstar, and avoid the less publicised Bundesliga.


Spanish Report Claims Real Madrid Have Put Clubs on Alert With Decision to Drop Price for Star Pair

?Clubs including ?Manchester United, ?Chelsea and ?Tottenham have reportedly been put on high alert as Real Madrid are willing to drop their asking price for both Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, according to notorious Spanish outlet Don Balon (via ?TeamTalk).

Both players have been ?strongly linked with the exit door at the Bernabéu Stadium over the last few months.

The report claims that president of Real Florentino Perez has dropped the price of both players, with the two starts now reportedly available for just €70m (£61.1m). 

Although, the report does later claim that the price would be the starting point of any negotiations between clubs over the future of the two stars. 

Bidding wars could see the price for both will see that figure rise to nearer £100m, according to the report. 

If the starting price that has been reported is accurate, it may encourage any clubs that have shown a interest in the players to make the first move. 

?Premier League clubs including Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with Wales star Gareth Bale, while a return to Tottenham has also been mentioned as a possibility for the 28-year-old.

Bale joined Real from Tottenham in the summer of 2013, and has gone onto score 81 goals in 183 appearances for the Spanish club. 

Team mate Karim Benzma has been at the club for almost ten seasons, making a total of 405 appearance for Los Blancos, scoring 190 goals. 


However, the reports of a reduced price for both should be taken with caution, as the outlet that has reported the news has a reputation for reporting things that don’t always turn out to be true. 


Dani Carvajal a Doubt for Bayern Return Leg After Suffering Thigh Strain in UCL Semi Final 1st Leg

?Real Madrid were without right back Dani Carvajal in a recovery training session on Thursday following the previous evening’s 2-1 win over Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semi final tie.

Carvajal lasted just 67 minutes of the game, with Lucas Vazquez forced to operate as an emergency defender in the closing stages to help keep Bayern at bay in Munich.


Although there has been no official word from Real, news from Spain suggests that the 26-year-old’s thigh problem means he is likely to be sidelined for a period of two to three weeks.

That would see him miss the return leg against Bayern next week, giving coach Zinedine Zidane a potential defensive headache as he plugs the gap in the defence. Continuing with Vazquez may be the best option, with Nacho still recovering from injury and Achraf Hakimi still very young.

Caravjal should, however, be fit for the Champions League final in Kyiv on 26th May if Real can hold onto their advantage. He has played in each of the club’s three triumphs in the last four years.


In the recovery session, there was an opportunity for 20-year-old Castilla forward Victor Campuzano to join in with the first team squad. Under-19 goalkeeper Dario was also involved.

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‘My Goodness’: Twitter Reacts as Full Backs Grab the Headlines in Real Madrid’s 1st Leg Win

?Finally! A UEFA Champions League semi final between two of the best teams in Europe. 

‘But there was a Champions League semi final last night too?’ Yes, but it was between Liverpool and AS Roma… Liverpool and AS ROMA.

Last night’s ‘clash’ between England and Italy’s fourth best teams was, in truth, more worthy of the Europa League than the Champions League. Thankfully tonight however, we were blessed with a genuine heavyweight meeting between to European giants, and it’s fair to say that Twitter was fairly excited by this: 

Within ten minutes of kick off Bayern Munich fans’ pre match excitement from Bayern Munich turned to dread, sadness, dejection (insert more sadness synonyms here), as they watched their star man Arjen Robben being carted off with an apparent muscle strain: 


Despite Robben’s injury, Bayern continued to beat on, boat against the current, borne ceaselessly into the past*, and ensured that the aforementioned woe felt by Bayern Munich fans all across Twitter didn’t last too long. On the half hour mark, a powerful right foot strike from Joshua Kimmich and some horrendous goalkeeping from well known horrendous goalkeeper Keylor Navas, gave Bayern a 1-0 lead: 

*words courtesy of F. Scott Fitzgerald

Just as I finished collating Tweets for Kimmich’s opener, another full back decided to pop up with a goal. Despite Bayern Munich’s first half dominance, it wasn’t Kimmich or Rafinha (it’s never Rafinha), it was Real Madrid’s Marcelo, who grabbed a crucial – and brilliant – away goal for Los Blancos. 

The Brazilian international’s goal was so crucial in fact, that some Real Madrid fans went full cap locks on Twitter to celebrate. Because that’s how we celebrate goals nowadays? 

Ten minutes into the second half, a third and final full back decided that he too wanted to make the headlines. 

With the tabloids in mind, Rafinha decided to play a square ball directly into the path of Lucas Vazquez, who was subsequently able to tee up Marco Asensio for Real Madrid’s second goal of the evening: 

After Rafinha’s costly error, through self-nullification rather than great defending form Real Madrid, Bayern’s hopes of grabbing an equaliser petered out. Los Blancos were genuinely bad, but the Bavarian’s – somehow – found a way to be worse:

A 2-1 away win at the Allianz Arena will look impressive in the history books. But with Bayern Munich being explicitly hampered by injuries to some of their star players, and essentially just shooting themselves in the foot in the second half, a questions remains: is the 2017/18 Real Madrid good, or just unbelievably lucky? 



Bayern Munich 1-2 Real Madrid: Visitors Take Advantage of Wasteful Bavarians With Smash and Grab Win

Real Madrid called upon all of their experience at the Allianz Arena to snatch a third successive win in Germany, coming from behind to take control of the first leg with a masterclass in counter attacking football.

The left footed efforts of defender Marcelo and substitute Marco Asensio was enough to take advantage of a wasteful Bayern Munich, who never got going after taking the lead through a Joshua Kimmich strike.


Following Liverpool’s explosive first half against Roma in the other Champions League semi-final, both sides in the Allianz Arena erred on the side of caution in a cagey start. As they jostled for early possession on a tantalising night in Germany, an early blow struck the already depleted Bayern Munich squad, as former Los Blancos star Arjen Robben left the pitch with an inconspicuous thigh injury.

Replacing the dangerous Dutch winger, Thiago Alcantara tried to get a hold of the ball for the hosts, giving the ball away several times in a first half opening lacking clear-cut chances.

With chances few and far between, the best opportunity in the first 20 minutes fell to an unlikely source, as full back Dani Carvajal found space in the box following a neat one-two, smashing a shot at deputy goalkeeper Sven Ulreich.

Showing his counterpart how it’s done, young starlet and promising defender Joshua Kimmich took full advantage of a wasted opportunity, breaking forward to give the Bavarians the lead. Starting the move inside his own box, a sweeping counter attack ended with Kimmich emphatically bagging his fifth goal of the season emphatically, smashing home from a James Rodriguez pass – on loan from parent club Real Madrid – to give Bayern Munich the lead.

Replays showed a poor effort from Keylor Navas to save a routine shot, as the Costa Rican demonstrated a lack of experience to dive over the ball instead of parrying away.

Jerome Boateng also departed the field with a hamstring injury inside 30 minutes as the hosts dropped like flies. Not stopping the Bayern Munich juggernaut, who have already wrapped up the Bundesliga and still on course for a treble, Franck Ribery wasted a chance to double the lead with a poor first touch inside the box, sparing the blushes of the Los Merengues defence.

Lining up to take full advantage of a lacklustre Real Madrid back line, Germany international Mats Hummels was close to the second of the night, driving a volley from eight yards out over the bar from a Bayern Munich corner.

Against the run of play, the experience of Real Madrid highlighted if you don’t take your chances you will pay for it. On the stroke of half time, a headed pass across the box from Carvajal teed up an unmarked Marcelo outside the box after a Ronaldo overhead kick attempt. With his head up, the Brazilian defender smashed home a left footed shot to level up the game and kick off the battle of the full backs.

With just enough time before an enthralling end to the first half, Polish captain Robert Lewandowski should’ve put the hosts back in the lead, fluffing his lines and a free-header from a Rodriguez free kick. Wasting chance after chance, Thomas Muller also got in on the act with a missed diving header at the back post.

The half time team talk showed at the beginning of the second half, as Bayern Munich fired out of the blocks. The dangerous Ribery, turning the defence inside out all night, was inches away from gifting his side a second. Showing a clean set of heels to Casemiro, the French winger pulled a cross back to set up a tap in for Muller, but an excellent intervention from Raphael Varane kept the score line level.


It didn’t take long for that to change as Bayern Munich, despite their domestic dominance, again  highlighted their naivety in European competition. From a corner, the hosts were punished for a poor mistake on the half way line. With only two defenders back, Rafinha gifted possession to half time substitute Asensio.

The exciting Spanish winger staked a claim for a starting berth with blistering pace. Giving the ball out wide to Carvajal, the compatriots linked up as Asensio received the ball in acres of space inside the box, before placing his shot past Ulreich with ease to snatch two away goals.

Taking matters into his own hands, Ribery nearly equalised instantly from another corner. Jinking inside the box, the former Marseille midfielder again tested Navas with a low shot that was pushed away from goal.

Not for the first time in the first leg, referee Bjorn Kuipers was called into action as the home fans jeered for another penalty claim, which was waved away by the Dutch official after a tangle between Lewandowski and Muller.

In a frantic second half, Kuipers waved away further protests from Ronaldo, who had the ball in the back of the net. Controlling the ball expertly – albeit with his arm – the Portuguese talisman buried his shot, which was instantly ruled out.

Sensing a chance to put the tie to bed, substitute Karim Benzema nearly bagged a third with 15 minutes left on the clock. The French forward was in a perfect position to score, but the striker who has been in and out of the team hit his first attempt straight at the goalkeeper.

Bayern Muenchen v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Semi Final Leg One

With the final clear cut chance of the game, Real Madrid transfer target Lewandowski fluffed his lines once again, missing a relatively easy chance with the goal gaping as Navas breathed a sigh of relief.

A relieved Zinedine Zidane looked delighted at the final whistle as his side take two vital away goals back to Santiago Bernabeu for the second-leg in a weeks’ time.