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In a statement that illustrates how large the divide is at the Bernabéu between president and manager, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has hailed Gareth Bale’s influence at the club for the 2019-20 La Liga season.

The Welsh international has been heavily linked with a move away from the Spanish capital in recent weeks, with manager Zinedine Zidane simply not rating him. Zidane froze Bale out at the end of last season, excluding the winger from the squad altogether for two of the last three games and leaving him on the bench on the last day of the season as Madrid lost to Betis.

Philippe Coutinho has landed in Germany to finalize his season-long loan move to Bayern Munich. The Brazil international is expected to undergo a medical on Sunday before agreeing a deal that includes an option for the Bundesliga champions to purchase him on a permanent basis.

Bayern have agreed to take Coutinho on loan for one season and the deal is expected to include an option for a permanent move.

After Bayern were held 2-2 by Hertha Berlin on Friday night, CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said:

Griezmann Barcelona

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde says Antoine Griezmann has to come into play more following his underwhelming league debut for the La Liga champions.

The 28-year-old made his first La Liga appearance for Barca, who suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao in their opening fixture on Friday.

A €120 million signing from Atletico Madrid, all eyes were on Griezmann, but he struggled to make an impact in absence of captain Lionel Messi, while Luis Suarez’s first-half injury left him isolated.

If he’s near the area, he is decisive and moves well, but you have to dominate the game for that to happen,” Valverde told reporters.

La Liga Title Contenders

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La Liga has made a lot of headlines this summer, and many for the wrong reason. The main talking points have been Atletico Madrid and Barcelona’s legal dispute over Antoine Griezmann’s transfer, Eden Hazard’s eventual move to Real Madrid, Nabil Fekir’s shock decision to join Real Betis and Valencia managing to keep hold of their boss Marcelino Garcia Toral after a turbulent summer.

Despite the transfer window remaining open, the focus now switches back to the football and it promises to be one of the most intriguing seasons in recent years.

Zidane Does U-Turn On Gareth Bale

A smiling Zinedine Zidane dismissed questions about Paul Pogba signing for Real Madrid and said he would be considering Gareth Bale for selection this season as he gave his last press conference before the start of the season.

Asked about if he still wanted the club to sign Pogba, Zidane said: ‘

I am focused just on tomorrow’s game and I believe I have the best players here.’

When he was later asked about Pogba’s brother Mathias’ comments on late-night Spanish TV that his brother was the player Real Madrid lacked he said:

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La Liga has made a lot of headlines this summer, and many for the wrong reason. The main talking points have been Atletico Madrid and Barcelona’s legal dispute over Antoine Griezmann’s transfer, Eden Hazard’s eventual move to Real Madrid, Nabil Fekir’s shock decision to join Real Betis and Valencia managing to keep hold of their boss Marcelino Garcia Toral after a turbulent summer.

Despite the transfer window remaining open, the focus now switches back to the football and it promises to be one of the most intriguing seasons in recent years.

When Zinedine Zidane took over Real Madrid in March last season he had 11 games left to lift the club and lay the foundations for this coming campaign.

He was unable to do so. There were five wins, two draws and four defeats, and never any clear sign of the direction he wanted to take.

His record was worse than his predecessor Santiago Solari, who during 17 games in charge, won 12, drew one, and lost four.

This pre-season Zidane has taken charge of seven matches and Madrid have finished the summer with a worse ‘points’ ratio tally than any of the 20 clubs set to kick-off the new La Liga season this weekend.

Will Real Madrid Send Luka Jovic Out on Loan?

Luka Jovic

Real Madrid’s tumultuous pre-season could be set to fall under even greater scrutiny with Luka Jovic facing an uncertain future only two months after joining the club for £62 million.

Spanish publication Marca cite two reports in Jovic’s homeland of Serbia stating that Real boss Zinedine Zidane has been left unimpressed by the striker and is already prepared for him to leave on loan.

Jovic was the first signing of Zidane’s meticulously planned summer overhaul, penning a six-year contract at the Santiago Bernabeu after scoring relentlessly for Europa League semi-finalists Eintracht Frankfurt last season.

Real Madrid Make 145m Offer For Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba

Real Madrid have tabled a bid of £145million to sign Manchester United star Paul Pogba, according to reports in Spain.

The 26-year-old has been linked with a move to the Bernabeu after admitting that he was looking for a ‘new challenge’ earlier this summer.

There has been a split between Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and manager Zinedine Zidane about signing Pogba, but the 7-3 thrashing in New York by Atletico Madrid last week set off panic buttons at the Bernabéu and the response has been to give Zidane what he wants. And that is Pogba.

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Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is confident new signing Antoine Griezmann will have no problems linking up with strike partners Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez when the trio finally appear in the same team together.

Griezmann, who signed from La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid earlier this month, has been with the squad on Barcelona’s tour of Japan and featured in the side’s 2-0 win over Vissel Kobe on Saturday.

However, following their exploits in the Copa America, Messi and Suarez have been given an extended break and will not link up with the team until they return from Japan.