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gareth bale goal in champions league final

Next Sunday marks exactly a year since Gareth Bale scored probably the greatest goal in the history of Champions League finals.

If his stunning volley from Marcelo’s cross has a rival in the best-ever stakes then it would be Zinedine Zidane’s goal in 2002 from Roberto Carlos’ assist.

The two men were not on speaking terms last May and in 12 months nothing has changed. That much was clear on Sunday when Bale was left out of Real Madrid’s final game of the season and Zidane all but admitted he believes the Welshman is now part of the club’s past, but that he cannot be sure he will be sold this summer.

Antoine Griezmann has announced his departure from Atletico Madrid with his anticipated move to Barcelona expected to be completed in the next week.

Reports this week suggested Barcelona had triggered the Frenchman’s €125 million release clause after he informed the club about his desire to join the La Liga champions.

Griezmann, who snubbed the option to move to the Nou Camp last summer and instead committed his future to Atletico, confirmed on Tuesday evening that his time at the club is now over.

Marca led on the reports of the star forward’s exit, having reportedly told his teammates and then Atleti boss Diego Simeone alongside senior club officials

Pogba To Real Madrid Talks Stall

Paul Pogba’s huge wage demands are holding up his talks with Real Madrid.

Real manager Zinedine Zidane wants the Manchester United midfielder as he bids to improve his squad after a difficult campaign which will see them finish third in La Liga.

There are suggestions that Real have already agreed an £86million deal to bring Eden Hazard to the Bernabeu, with the move to be completed after Chelsea’s Europa League final.

French newspaper L’Equipe are now claiming that Zidane has turned his focus to bringing in Pogba.

Paris Saint-Germain are preparing to blow their summer transfer budget on three Real Madrid players when the window reopens.

According to French newspaper Le Parisien, the Ligue 1 champions are interested in bringing Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Isco to the Parc des Princes.

They claim that PSG will offer around £180million for the trio, who are all available if Real Madrid’s demands are met.

Zinedine Zidane has personally told Bale that he is not in his plans for next season, while Kroos has struggled for form and Isco has been out of favour.

Real Madrid are resigned to having to meet Chelsea’s £100m asking price for Eden Hazard after FIFA upheld the Premier League club’s transfer ban.

They also accept that the saga will now run into the summer with Chelsea waiting to find out if the Court of Arbitration for Sport will give them a period of grace to sign players this summer while they review the case.

Madrid made Hazard their top target as soon as Zinedine Zidane returned to the club. They hoped that they could use the fact that he was in his last year of contract to bring the price down.

Barcelona are preparing for a mass exodus this summer as they look to rebuild after their Champions League humiliation against Liverpool.

The La Liga side were knocked out in the semi-finals of the competition despite winning the first leg at the Nou Camp.

The Reds thrashed Ernesto Valverde’s side 4-0 at Anfield to advance to the final in Madrid.

Now according to AS, former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho tops a list of 10 players facing the exit.

An offer of £86million is understood to be enough for Barcelona to sell the Brazil international.

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is set to be sidelined for four to six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery to treat a medial meniscus injury, the club said on Friday.

The surgery brings Suarez’s season to a premature end and the Uruguayan will miss their final two La Liga games and the Copa del Rey final against Valencia later this month.

‘Luis Suarez has a medial meniscus injury in his right knee and has been operated on by Dr (Ramon) Cugat, undergoing arthroscopic surgery under the supervision of the club’s medical staff,’ a club statement read

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic ‘is nearing a €50 million summer move to Inter Milan’ as his five-year stay at the Nou Camp nears its end.

Although the Croatian’s contract runs until the summer of 2021, Barcelona have plenty of options in his position with Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong this summer joining the likes of Arturo Vidal and Arthur Melo.

According to Spanish newspaper Rakitic is closing in on a move to the San Siro.

Barcelona reportedly rejected a €85m approach from Paris Saint-Germain last summer but are prepared to sanction a move this time around as they rebuild after crashing out of the Champions League against Liverpool/

Gareth Bale could be frozen out of the Real Madrid squad and sent to train with the Under 23s should he fail to find a new club this summer.

The Welshman has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu and has been linked with a move away from the Spanish capital this season.

Bale has been linked with a big-money move to Manchester United but the 29-year-old will be frozen out should that deal – or any other for that matter – fail to materialise, according to reports in England.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is ‘on edge of abyss’ following their Champions League humiliation at Liverpool, report Marca.

The report cites how the Blaugrana were considering the Coach’s future following last season’s disastrous quarter-final exit of the competition at the hands of Roma.

That time, the Catalan giants blew a 4-1 first leg advantage to be eliminated 4-4 but the nature of their elimination to Liverpool this season now appears to be even more severe.

Leading 3-0 from the first leg, Valverde’s side were facing an injury-hit Liverpool side without star forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.