Liverpool and Manchester United target Gareth Bale is happy at Real Madrid, insists the player’s agent. The Wales international has been far from his best at Real as the club have endured a torrid time this season.
Zinedine Zidane’s side have found it difficult to defend their La Liga crown this campaign and while retaining the title has become a distant dream, achieving a top-four finish and making progress in the Champions League remains the club’s priority now.
But despite the Spanish giants faltering, Bale’s representative claims he is happy in Madrid and that it would cost a lot of money to prise him away from Santiago Bernabeu. Manchester United are reportedly been interested in Bale and the Don Balon claimed they were making huge strides in order to bring the winger to Old Trafford.
But after the acquisition of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal last month, it looks like Jose Mourinho is not in the hunt for any attacking players in the summer and could decide to strengthen other positions.
We were recently linked with a move for Bale as well. The Don Balon reported that the Reds had made a bid of around £88million for the Welsh wizard last month, but the player’s agent Jonathan Barnet has put the speculation to bid, claiming the forward is happy with the Spanish giants.
“Bale? I think he’s worth as much as Neymar. He loves Real Madrid and doesn’t want to leave,” Barnet told Tuttosport (h/t Manchester Evening News).
“Gareth does not need Ronaldo to leave Real Madrid, he is already a top star of the club.”
Liverpool are in the hunt for a player capable of filling the void left by Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian was a vital cog in the club’s engine and Jurgen Klopp is expected to bring his replacement in the summer.
If Klopp is eyeing Bale as the player to fill the boots of Coutinho, then he should avoid it. There are no doubts regarding Bale’s talent and his ability to produce magic moments but the problem lies with his stability and injuries. The Welshman has been vulnerable to injuries for the past couple of seasons and to bring an injury-prone player by paying a hefty amount of money would be a big gamble by Klopp.
Above all, going by his agent’s comments, Bale is going nowhere after the end of the season.
(Video) Watch Alisson and Roberto Firmino provide hilarious responses in latest “Bezzies”
We had seen a similar video of Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk a few weeks ago, and this one was just as brilliant between the Brazilians.
It started with Alisson answering about what Firmino would take along with him to an island, and the answer wasn’t really that surprising.
The forward answered his wife, which our keeper also guessed correctly. For Alisson’s options, the correct answer was barbecue, which Firmino got right too.
The pair were also asked what is their best body feature and which club they made their debuts for.
There were some great questions in between and Firmino confirmed that his favourite Brazilian player was Ronaldinho and not Ronaldo, while for Alisson it was goalkeeper Taffarel.
Our goalkeeper even predicted that Firmino would be a better keeper than his attacking partners Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
The pair seem to be in great form and in spirits ahead of our crucial tie against Manchester United on Sunday.
Hopefully, we pull off a win and stay atop the Premier League table as the games keep coming thick and fast.
Liverpool interested in signing £70m-rated Bundesliga powerhouse
The 19-year-old has been on fire for the Bundesliga giants this season and has seven goals and five assists in all competitions.
The German also has a couple of international caps to his name and plays mostly as an attacking midfielder.
The report claims that Manchester City, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona are all “actively” tracking the rising star.
Havertz is rated at £70m (h/t Mirror), and he is the next big thing coming out from the Bundesliga. The 19-year-old was phenomenal last season with three goals and eight assists in the Bundesliga and seems set to break that his record in this campaign.
Liverpool have dipped into the German market several times under Jurgen Klopp, and if anyone would have the inside scoop on the 19-year-old, it has to be our manager due to his spell in the Bundesliga.
The Reds could do with an attacking midfielder in the team as we don’t have someone who can do this role. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be the ideal player for the position but it is unlikely we will see him play any minutes this season due to his injury.
We lead the Premier League and made it into the knockout rounds of the Champions League, and with the right signings, there could be some silverware at Anfield this season.
“It is going to be difficult” – Liverpool star believes Manchester United will be tough opposition
Liverpool play Manchester United in the biggest fixture of the weekend, and the Reds have a sizeable lead over their rivals in the Premier League.
We are 16 points ahead of the Red Devils after just 16 games, and another win will keep us at the top of the table ahead of Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp has never defeated the Red Devils during his Premier League career, and Georginio Wijnaldum spoke about the tie.
The Dutch midfielder believed we would put up a quality performance, claiming United are a good team while having a bit of a dig claiming they go out not to lose games (h/t Mirror):
“It’s a nice game. We’ll try to put in the same performance that we did against Napoli.
“Things can happen, everyone can have a bad season, it does not mean they [United] are not a good team with good players. Last season, with the same players, they finished second.
“They have good players, a good manager, and they know how to manage games and win games – or not to lose games! It is going to be difficult.”
Jose Mourinho always seems to have a plan when playing against Liverpool, whether it was his Chelsea days or his United days.
We long for a win over the Red Devils, and with our team in great spirits, a win at Anfield could be on the books.
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