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Gareth Bale wants Premier League return if he leaves Real Madrid

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Welsh wing wizard Gareth Bale has said that if he leaves Real Madrid this summer he wants to move back to the Premier League.

This news – reported in The Mirror – will come as a boost to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, who is believed to want to bring the midfielder to Old Trafford.

But it will be a blow to German champions Bayern Munich, who were thought to be lining the 28-year-old up as a replacement for ageing stars Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.

However, Bale’s fate remains undecided as they search for a new manager following Zinedine Zidane’s shock departure.

Bale is said to have made it clear he intended to leave Real – despite winning his third Champions League title in a row – this summer some weeks ago. He hadn’t been a regular starter under Zidane and is believed to want to move on to get more game time.

But any potential move is off until a new manager is installed and has made his plans clear. Plus, he will cost a heavy fee – maybe up to £175 million, according to some reports, which would put off many potential suitors.

Lionel Messi overtakes Cristiano Ronaldo as world’s top-earning footballer, Neymar third

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Barcelona star Lionel Messi earnt an eye-watering $111 million (£82.7 million) last year, and in doing so overtook his Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo ($108 million (£80.5 million)) as the world’s top earner in football.

The pair are also the second and third top earners in the world in any sport. Only boxer Floyd Mayweather Jnr earnt more; he trousered an astonishing $285 million last year after his fight with Conor McGregor. The latter was fourth on the list with earnings of $99 million.

However, the latest figures, compiled by US business magazine Forbes, will come as bad news to Ronaldo, who has been the world’s top earning sports star for the past two years.

Paris St-Germain and Brazil striker Neymar was fifth on the list, with earnings of $90 million.

The three stars – arguably the best players in the world – are also the most bankable. While all are on contracts worth well in excess of £300,000 per week, they also make millions from their image rights. Ronaldo and Messi also have burgeoning business empires to capitalize on their trademarked names.

Indeed, Messi made $27 million from endorsements, while Ronaldo pocketed $47 million. Interestingly, Messi’s salary/winnings, at $84 million, was $23 million more than Ronaldo made.

The highest paid British footballer was Gareth Bale, who ranked 35th, with earnings of $34.6 million, ahead of Wayne Rooney, who was in 58th place with $27 million.

Only three athletes have topped Forbes’ annual list of the top 100 best paid sportsmen and women in the past 18 years, Mayweather, Ronaldo and golfer Tiger Woods, who finished 16th on this year’s list.

In all, nine footballers appeared in Forbes’ list. Apart from the five mentioned the others were: Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero, Oscar and Paul Pogba.

Manchester United lead chase for Real Madrid star Gareth Bale

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Manchester United are at the head of a queue of a number of clubs looking at signing Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale this summer.

Bale, who scored two goals in Madrid’s 3-1 win over Liverpool in the Champions League final, is reportedly unhappy at the club. He hasn’t been a regular starter recently – Zinedine Zidane preferred Isco in the final – and Bale’s relationship with his manager is also apparently strained too.

The Welshman, who turns 29 this summer, has made it clear he wants to be playing week-in, week-out at this stage of his career. This has been taken as a hint he is looking to play elsewhere, despite winning four Champions League winners medals in 5 seasons.

United have a long-standing interest in Bale, having tried to sign him on 2 previous occasions. Manager Jose Mourinho is thought to be planning an overhaul of his squad as he seeks to get closer to runaway Premier League champions Manchester City. Bale would fit the bill as the sort of marquee signing United are looking for.

Madrid are also looking at a major refresh of their squad, so could be willing to let Bale go. However, he wouldn’t come cheap – Real would be looking to make a profit on a player they signed for a then-record £85 million in 2013, with some speculation they would be looking for up to double that amount.

Other clubs are likely to be interested in signing Bale, including German champions Bayern Munich, although apparently there is no interest from Manchester City. Bale’s wages, said to be £650,000 a week, would also be a stumbling block for many sides – including former side Tottenham Hotspur – but not United.

However, any move will be down to the player himself and will depend on any assurances over playing time and if there is any prospect of repairing his fractured relationship with Zidane.

Eden Hazard says he could leave Chelsea this summer

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Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard has admitted he could leave Chelsea this summer – but whether he does will depend on the transfers that the club make.

Chelsea missed out on Champions League qualification this season after finishing a distant 5th in the Premier League. It is now thought that there will be a major overhaul of the playing squad this summer – whether manager Antonio Conte stays or goes – and the quality of these signings could help Hazard decide where his future lies.

Hazard has two years left on his current deal, and an improved £300,000-per-week contract is on the table from the Blues but he has yet to sign up.

“I’m waiting for new players next season. We’ll see,” he said. “I want good players, because I want to win the Premier League next season.”

Hazard added that he was taking his time over his plans, knowing how big they could be.

Should Hazard decide to move on, there would be no shortage of suitors. Real Madrid have long been rumoured to want the winger. It is anticipated that the club will also have a major overhaul of its squad in the summer after underachieving in La Liga this season, and Hazard could fit into those plans.

Hazard also spoke of his ambition to complete his set of trophies. He has already won the Premier League, League Cup and Europa League with Chelsea, and has the opportunity to win the FA Cup this weekend when the Blues face Manchester United at Wembley. He also wants to win the Champions League – which Chelsea will not be in next season.

Chelsea bosses will not want to lose one of their most valuable assets, and are known to be planning moves in the market – with players such as Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld, Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale and Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekr said to be on their radar.

If that is not enough to convince Hazard to stay, he would likely cost any buyer in excess of £100 million – but that would not be a problem for the likes of Real Madrid et al.

Gareth Bale to stay with Real Madrid, according to agent

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Wales star Gareth Bale is set to stay with Real Madrid this summer, despite finding himself in and out of Zinedine Zidane’s side recently and a raft of speculation linking him with other clubs.

However, Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, has said that the 28-year-old is happy with life in the Spanish capital and at Real.

Bale has been in and out of Zidane’s starting 11 recently, and there have been rumours that bosses at the Bernabeu had started to lose patience with his injury record. It is also thought that Real are planning a major shake-up of the squad in the summer, and Bale could be sold to fund transfers.

“Gareth is a Real Madrid player and loves Real Madrid and Real Madrid love Gareth,” said Barnett, speaking to ESPN FC. “All this talk about leaving is written by reporters who have no idea what is going on and who need to write something and don’t care if it is true or not.”

Zidane has also said he expects Bale to stay, despite not having any guarantees of returning to the first choice XI. “Regardless of how the rest of the season goes, Gareth is a Madrid player and my feeling is he will stay here.”