It's a mixed bag for the Frenchman. Whatever the outcome, Rose will be keen to get some time on the pitch with the World Cup approaching - has he burned his bridges at Spurs? The demands at Madrid are very, very high. "No, [although] I don't know who the people are who choose these things and, to be honest, I don't take too much notice of these rankings of the best players, the best teams". Ozil, currently said to be in receipt of £150k per week is going to look a little silly if he goes back to Wenger, cap in hand, for the £250k per week he's rumoured to have refused. Now, Ronaldo, Bale and Varane at least can be used accordingly by their national team coaches in inconsequential friendly encounters.
Ideally Bale would be the only player included in the swap deal but the fact he is so injury prone has devalued the Welshman significantly.
That's been the rumour for some time now, with Bale often linked with a move away from Spain and his injuries a constant source of frustration for both the player, the club and the fans, who on occasion have even booed and whistled him while on the pitch. We're not sure we believe the assertion that Turkish club Besiktas were the only club to express an interest in the Germany international, but we can believe £330k seemed a steep price.
The paper claims Bale is in a 'fight not to exhaust the diplomacy of Zidane and the patience of Florentino' after the latest in a long line of injuries.
And El Confidencial claimed yesterday that Bale is in a "fight not to exhaust the diplomacy of (Zinedine) Zidane and the patience of Florentino (Perez)' due to his lengthy injury list".
Toshack discounted an idea raised in the local press that there could be a psychological factor involved given Bale's history of regular problems and uncertainty over the exact nature of his current injury. Gareth made his [Wales] debut under me at 17, and now he's 28.
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