Gareth Bale in peak physical condition amid speculation over Real Madrid future

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Incredible: Gareth Bale scored THAT goal in the Champions League final.

Gareth Bale‘s long-term Real Madrid future may be far from certain but the Los Blancos winger has not let speculation detract from his pre-season preparations with the Whites.

The 29-year-old Welshman, who scored a brace during May’s Champions League final triumph over Liverpool in Kiev, has been ramping up his fitness regime at the club’s Valdebebas training base under the watchful eye of new boss Julen Lopetegui.

Bale has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu but seems to have found a new lease of life in the Spanish capital following Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo‘s respective departures.

It was well-documented that the former Tottenham star did not see eye-to-eye with Zidane while, despite winning four European Cups during his time with Real, Bale was always in the shadow of main man Ronaldo.

That, though, appears to have changed with the winger looking a firm part of the club’s plans for next season.

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20:52 – Real Madrid said to be furious with Mateo Kovacic exit rumours

Real Madrid have been left furious with Mateo Kovacic’s desire to leave the club that has seen him enter into talks with Manchester City, reports in Spain claim.

Kovacic is currently on holiday after helping Croatia to the final of the World Cup and will hold talks with new Los Blancos boss Julen Lopetegui upon his return.
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20:12 – Man United and Liverpool keen to lure Mateo Kovacic away from Real Madrid

Manchester United and Liverpool are both trying to lure Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic to the Premier League with the promise of more regular football.

The Croatia creator has been told he will play an important role by both English giants, according to reports.
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Mateo Kovacic.

Mateo Kovacic.

16:46 – Vinicius Junior: ‘Neymar is my idol’

New Real Madrid signing Vinicius Junior has revealed that Neymar is his “idol”.

Watch Los Blancos’ new recruit wax lyrical about his fellow Brazilian here.

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12:20 – Why Icardi is the Real deal

Mauro Icardi might be just the man for Real Madrid.

Read Brendon Netto’s piece on the striker’s credentials here.

Hotshot: Inter skipper Mauro Icardi.

Hotshot: Inter skipper Mauro Icardi.

10:02 – Marcelo’s skills on the beach

Brazilian left-back Marcelo is among those players currently enjoying their breaks and but football is still very much a part of his vacation.

The defender uploaded a clip onto his Instagram of him participating in bit of footvolley with some friends.

Watch the video here.

09:05 – Neymar to stay put

Neymar has once again denied reports suggesting he could move to Real Madrid this summer.

When questioned about stories in Spanish media linking the Paris Saint-Germain forward to a Santiago Bernabeu switch, he dismissed them as mere “speculation from the press.”
Read more here.
Neymar.

Neymar.

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Wanted man: Mateo Kovacic.

Real Madrid have been left furious with Mateo Kovacic’s desire to leave the club that has seen him enter into talks with Manchester City, reports in Spain claim.

Kovacic is currently on holiday after helping Croatia to the final of the World Cup and will hold talks with new Los Blancos boss Julen Lopetegui upon his return.

The Madrid midfielder has a contract at the Bernabeu until 2021 but having failed to impress under Zinedine Zidane last season – making just 10 La Liga starts – he is exploring his options.

Spanish publication OK Diario claim he is already in talks with City over a potential transfer though.

News of this has not sat well with Madrid chiefs who are adamant he won’t be sold as he is needed to help the club challenge Barcelona for honours next season.

But the 24-year-old doesn’t appear to be prepared to wait until he hold talks with Lopetegui to seek assurances over his future, with Pep Guardiola keen on bringing him to the Etihad.

A host of other clubs are also interested in his services, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Bayern Munich keen to offer him more playing time.

Madrid do not entertain the idea of selling the midfielder but that has not stopped other clubs making enquiries.

OK Diario claim the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal, Inter Milan and Juventus have all submitted proposals to take him away from the Bernabeu.

They are all aware of the Kovacic’s situation in the capital and are hoping to take advantage by offering him a way out.

However, Madrid’s stance remains clear and any potential suitors have been told to look elsewhere.

Liverpool have already acquired Naby Keita and Fabinho in midfield this summer but Jurgen Klopp is thought to be on the lookout for any late attacking options to add quality in depth.

Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Unai Emery remains in the market for an attacking midfielder with Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele an option, along with Kovacic.

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