Report Claims Real Madrid Failed to Move for Wonderkid Kylian Mbappe Because of Gareth Bale

​Real Madrid’s failure to sign Kylian Mbappe from Monaco was down to Manchester United’s decision not to pursue a move for Gareth Bale.

That is according to the ​Daily Mirror, who have claimed that Los Blancos missed out on the wonderkid striker to Paris Saint-Germain because United didn’t lure Bale to Old Trafford this summer.

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Mbappe completed a season-long loan switch to Monaco’s title rivals on transfer deadline day, and PSG will be able to make his move permanent next summer for a reported €165m.

Real had been chasing the 28-year-old all summer long, and various reports had suggested that they would win the battle to land Mbappe’s signature ahead of other interested parties.

However, a meeting in July with Mbappe’s father Wilfried appear to turn the entire saga on its head, and Real were left sweating on United moving for Bale to be able to secure the French international.

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Wilfried Mbappe became concerned that his son would not earn enough minutes of the pitch to continue his footballing development at Santiago Bernabeu, given the attacking riches that Zinedine Zidane had at his disposal in Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Bale.

Mbappe himself was thrilled with the prospect of moving to Madrid, but his father stated that he would only allow his son to move to Spain if Real dispensed with one of their superstar forwards.

Real’s board are said to have agreed that Bale would be the man to make way, and held out hope that long-term admirers United would enquire about the Wales megastar with a view to signing him.

However, despite plenty of speculation Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho seemingly opted to not pursue a big-money transfer for Bale’s services – a decision that led to Real missing out on Mbappe.

The Monaco youth product instead held talks with PSG and, after a protracted transfer saga that dragged out over three months, moved to the French capital on Thursday.

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This latest development will likely lead to Real’s and United’s frosty relationship continuing for some time, if the Mirror’s report can be believed.

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Kylian Mbappe Reveals the Reason Why He Selected PSG Over Real Madrid Following Deadline Day Move

​One of the biggest transfer deadline day moments to take place was the controversial acquisition of Monaco star Kylian Mbappe, who signed for rivals Paris Saint-Germain on loan to avoid FFP investigations after Neymar’s monster £200m move.

Despite speculation in the summer revealing the French international, who scored in a convincing 4-0 victory on deadline day following his move to PSG against Netherlands in a World Cup qualifier, the Mirror reports that the striker stayed in Ligue 1 to play more.

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Speaking after the win against the Netherlands, who came on as a late sub in a return to Paris where he was born, the 18-year old forward admitted he is excited about the project at last year’s Ligue 1 runners-up.

“I chose PSG because I will play more, it was the main criteria,” said Mbappe. “It’s a dream come true to wear this shirt and feel the unique atmosphere at the Parc des Princes.

“The club’s project is one of the most ambitious in Europe and I want to keep progressing with my new teammates and reach the goals the club set.”

In a 4-0 France win that also saw Liverpool and Arsenal target Thomas Lemar bag a brace, who shunned a late move from the Gunners to stay at champions Monaco, Mbappe revealed to the ​official website he can not wait to get started in a PSG shirt once his time with the international side ends.

“It’s a great day for me. First, I join Paris Saint-Germain, a great club where there is everything for me to improve, then I score my first goal with the national team. It could have been worse!” added the former Monaco man.

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“Paris Saint-Germain is the ideal project to continue my progress. There are great players in Paris. All the right conditions come together to be able to enjoy myself and work hard. I have one match left with Les Bleus and then I can think about all that.”

After switching to his direct rivals in the league, various sources have questioned his motives following the deadline day move to his hometown. As reports indicate PSG offered more then double what Real Madrid put on the table, money may have been a motivating factor.

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However, the chance to play alongisde Neymar and Edinson Cavani while staying in France during World Cup year appears to be a wise move for now.

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Ex-Real Madrid Star Backs Gareth Bale & Karim Benzema to Bounce Back Despite Criticism

Xabi Alonso has backed his ex-teammates Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema to return to the form at Real Madrid, amid speculation over their futures in the Spanish capital.

Real Madrid had to settle for a draw with Valencia in their last league outing while both Bale and Benzema came in for criticism for missing key opportunities.

Their performances created further speculation that they could even be about to leave the club, but Alonso (speaking to ​Marca) defended his former teammates.

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“They are top players and nobody can doubt what they have done before,” the two-time Champions League winner said.

“The season is very long. We have just played two games. I have no doubts about Karim, or Gareth, or any other player as they will all be important.”

Following back-to-back Champions League trophy wins, Real Madrid remain the team to beat in Europe and while questions have been raised about Bale and Benzema, Marco Asensio has been a revelation.

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“Sergio [Ramos] and the others will help him [Asensio] a lot,” Alonso said. “Bit by bit he will get more prominence, but without burning him out. This is a moment for him to grow, to continue his development. He is taking giant steps, and each day is a more important member of the squad.”

“Madrid are now the reference point in Europe and the world, without doubt. If we look at how they have been playing these four years, and the health of the team, it looks like it can last some years yet. You never know how far they can go, but the feelings they transmit are stupendous.

“Zidane’s great strength is he has known how to manage everything, how to have them all motivated. They even won La Liga, where they had not done well recently. They are going in a very good direction.” 

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Cristiano Ronaldo Has Now Scored More International Goals Than Pele After 48th Career Hat-trick

Cristiano Ronaldo further cemented his legendary status on Thursday night with a hat-trick for Portugal – the 48th of his career for club and country – that saw his tally of senior international goals climb to an incredible 78.

The four-time Ballon d’Or winner hit three for his country in their thumping World Cup qualifying win over the Faroe Islands and has now scored more goals at international level than Pele.

Pele, who shot to global fame as a 17-year-old in 1958 when Brazil when their first World Cup, scored 77 goals for the Selecao during his illustrious career and had long been considered the greatest of all time along with Diego Maradona before Ronaldo and Lionel Messi emerged.

Ronaldo, a Euro 2016 winner with Portugal last year and a four-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid and Manchester United, has now outdone the Brazilian icon on the goal front.

Ronaldo’s three strikes also put him on 14 goals for the current World Cup qualifying campaign, equalling the record for goals scored by a European player in a single qualifying campaign.

The goal Ronaldo scored against New Zealand in the Confederations Cup in June was his 75th international goal and was significant because it saw him move level with Hungarian legend Sandor Kocsis to second on the all-time European list of international goalscorers.

After three more goals, only Ferenc Puskas has now scored more international goals for a European nation than Ronaldo, with CR7 now just six behind the Galloping Major.

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Besides Los Blancos legend Puskas, only three other players in the history of international football have scored more goals than Ronaldo – they are:

Godfrey Chitalu – 79 goals for Zambia between 1968 and 1980

Kunishge Kamamoto – 80 goals for Japan between 1964 and 1977

Ali Daei – 109 goals for Iran between 1993 and 2006


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Football Legend Xabi Alonso Reveals His Thoughts on Three of Real Madrid’s Best Players

Ex-Bayern Munich​ midfielder Xabi Alonso has revealed his thoughts on another of his former teams Real Madrid.

Speaking to ​Marca, the legendary Spanish playmaker aired his views on three of the club’s most talked about players: Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and the promising youngster Marco Asensio.

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Alonso retired from professional football at the end of last season, but that has not stopped him from following the Galacticos closely.

When asked about Benzema and Bale, who receive their fair amount of criticism whenever Los Blancos only muster a draw, he came out in defence of their ability and appeared to play-up the importance of a squad in what is to be a long season:

“They are players of the highest level and their ability isn’t in doubt.

“The season is very long. We’re only on the second day. I have no doubt about Karim, Gareth or any other player because they are all going to be important.”

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Marco Asensio also received praise for his mentality and ability, as the 21-year-old continues his rapid rise within the Madrid side.

“He is handling it all naturally. Sergio and the rest of the guys are going to help him a lot.

“Little by little they will give him a more important role. It takes time to grow and continue your growth. Every day is important but he is improving by leaps and bounds.”

Asked about the youngster’s chance’s of winning the Ballon D’or in the future, the ex-Liverpool man replied with typical calmness, adding: “There are debates that aren’t something to worry much about.”

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Striking Sensation Kylian Mbappé’s Father Reveals Why His Son Did Not Sign for Real Madrid in 2013

Kylian Mbappé’s father Wilfrid has explained why the striking phenomenon decided against a move to Real Madrid as a youth player in 2013.

In quotes reported by Spanish publication AS, via ESPN, Wilfrid Mbappe discussed how the striker would “probably” have moved to Madrid had Zinedine Zidane not become assistant to the La Liga giants’ then head coach, Carlo Ancelotti.

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Mbappe enjoyed a sensational full debut season for Monaco, in which he headlined an exciting young side that blasted their club to a first Ligue 1 title in seventeen years, as well as the Champions League semi-finals.

And now the 18-year-old has all but secured a colossal move to French league giants Paris Saint-Germain, who will initially loan the player before being obligated to purchase him for £166.4m next summer.

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But things could have turned out very differently for the Frenchman had he completed a move to Los Merengues in 2013. Indeed, as a 14-year-old he was flown over to Spain to visit the La Liga giants’ facilities and meet figures such as forward Cristiano Ronaldo and current first-team boss Zidane, who was then in a supervisory role in the academy.

And according to Wilfrid, the deal collapsed following Zidane’s promotion from the clubs youth academy.

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“We had plenty of meetings with Monsieur Zidane but from the moment he became assistant coach to the first team [ahead of the 2013/14 season] I believed that he’d not have the right amount of time for Kylian,” Wilfrid Mbappé explained

“If Zidane had stayed in charge of recruiting and looking after young talent like Kylian, we’d probably just have joined Madrid instead of Monaco.”

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Neymar & Coutinho Both Named Real Madrid as ‘Dream Club’ as Youngsters in 2008

​Neymar and Coutinho, despite their respective sagas in this summer’s transfer window, both shared the same dream as teenagers.

It turns out that the Brazilian duo aimed to play for Real Madrid, not Barcelona, although both expressed their admiration of the Spanish top flight.

Neymar, of course, departed Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month, bringing to an end a four-year spell that began when he arrived at the Nou Camp from Santos in 2013.

Coutinho, meanwhile, has been at the centre of a number of failed bids from the Blaugrana, with Liverpool determined to keep the midfielder at Anfield.

But neither had Barcelona as their ideal future destinations when speaking to ​Marca in a 2008 interview, while playing for the Brazil under-16 squad.

Asked of their dream clubs, Coutinho said: “Real Madrid. It is the best team in the world.” Neymar echoed his compatriot. “Real Madrid.”

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And quizzed on their idols growing up, Neymar confessed to admiring then Los Blancos forward Robinho. “I joined Santos aged seven,” he said. “At the start I played football sala and then moved to Portuguesa Santista before returning to Santos. 

“I saw Robinho a lot on the television and I tried to copy him all the time above all the way he looks to beat players. I also love Spanish football. They play attractive football, that is fast and with a lot of quality.”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Coutinho’s answer was the same. “I learnt to do bicycle kicks watching Robinho on the television,” he replied. “I like a lot to watch Real Madrid and Barcelona which are my favourite teams in LaLiga.”

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He added: “In the Spanish league there are the best players in the world like Robinho and Ronaldinho.”

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VIDEO: Gareth Bale Makes Young Wales Fan’s Dreams Come True With Spontaneous Gesture

Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale made one young Wales fan’s dreams come true when he stopped to sign autographs after a national team training session this week.

The fan, who told Bale he was his ‘most favourite player in the world’, didn’t seem to quite believe at first that his idol was actually standing in front of him.

“Are you actually Gareth Bale?” the youngster asked.

The winger signed items and posed for a picture, before then asking if the fan, named Curtis, wanted the training top he was wearing.

The supporter could barely contain his excitement, jumping up and down, and asking if Bale could also sign the top as well.

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Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, Bale posted a video of the encounter alongside a caption that read, “Really good to meet the fans at training yesterday. Hope you all had a great day!”

Bale and the rest of the Wales squad are currently preparing for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Moldova early next month.

Both are must-win games if the team is to kick on from last year’s incredible journey to the Euro 2016 semi-finals and qualify for a first World Cup since 1958. They currently trail Serbia and the Republic of Ireland by four points after drawing five of their opening six games.

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Wales Boss Chris Coleman Advises Bale to Stay at Real Madrid as Links to Man Utd Refuse to Die

​Wales manager Chris Coleman has expressed his belief that Gareth Bale should remain at Real Madrid amid continuous links with a move to Manchester United.

Spanish outlet ​Diario Gol claim that United have made a £97m bid for the winger as they look to complete a deal before the close of the transfer window on Thursday.

The 28-year-old was whistled by Real Madrid fans after struggling in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Valencia at the Bernabeu, and United are believed to be confident that a deal could be done.

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But Coleman has insisted that Bale should stay in the Spanish capital, despite some expressing doubt over his place in Zinedine Zidane’s side in recent weeks.

“Gareth has won three Champions Leagues medals,” Coleman said, quoted by the Mirror. “No one else has ever gone to a foreign club from this country and done that. Absolutely nobody can doubt him.

“Being selfish, I think he’s better off at Real Madrid. You work all your life to get the top and when you get there, you don’t want to give that up. Where do you go from Real Madrid that’s better? There are one or two clubs up there, but none better.

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“Gareth is always a story, he’s one of the best players in the world. Things will be said and that’s the way it is. He knows that. But nobody should ever doubt him about what he is capable of.”

Coleman, whose Wales side will play Austria in a crucial World Cup qualifier on Saturday, added that Bale is more than capable of handling criticism.

“Knowing Gareth for the last five or six years, he won’t be any different,” he said. “He won’t be fazed by it. You are like a film star when you play for Real Madrid.

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“There have been been a couple of periods where he has been under a lot of pressure, but all he needs to do is put his medals up. He has absolutely cruised through it.

“He’s answered all the critics. He’s come through it with flying colours. I’ve seen him mature in the last four or five years, like I have a lot of our players.

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“Gareth has matured in handling a lot of things, so this latest episode won’t faze him at all. I’d be amazed if it did.”

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Italy Stalwart Leonardo Bonucci Reveals His Choice for World’s Best Defender & it Isn’t Him

​Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci has given his take on who the best defender in the world is, and the new AC Milan man didn’t pick himself, as many would have expected.

Bonucci, who had an immensely successful seven-year spell at Juventus, moved to Milan this summer.

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The Italian helped Juve win six Serie A titles, and came close to winning the Champions League last season, impressively beating Barcelona to make it to the final where they were stopped by Real Madrid.

Sergio Ramos was on hand to keep things steady at the back for the La Liga giants, and his performance during the match, as well as the many others over the years, has seen him rated as the best defender in the world – by one of the best defenders in the world.

Speaking at a press conference (H/T ​Football Italia) ahead of Italy’s World Cup qualifying match against Spain, Bonucci said exactly what he thought of the Spanish centre-back.

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“Sergio Ramos? He’s the best defender in the world,” he declared. “He got the award for the best defender in last season’s Champions League and that proves he’s the best.”

Referring to the match itself, Bonucci said: “We want to win but it won’t be easy. We’ll have to suffer against Spain, though, because they have great champions so we’ll need the best Italy.

“The motivation this game brings will allow us to overcome the precarious physical condition [caused by an early-season game].

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