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Real Madrid star Gareth Bale urged to join Newcastle United by Rivaldo



Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has been urged to join Newcastle United (Picture: Getty)

Rivaldo believes Newcastle United would be a ‘great destination’ for Gareth Bale and says the Real Madrid star could ‘reassume his superstar status’ in the Premier League.

Bale spent six years in the English top-flight with Tottenham before joining Real Madrid in 2013.

Despite scoring more than 100 goals for Madrid and winning four Champions League titles at the Bernabeu, the Welsh forward has been persistently linked with a transfer exit over the past 12 months.

Bale has been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs but Rivaldo says a move to St James’ Park could be beneficial.

Newcastle look set to be taken over, with a £300m bid to buy the club, led by Amanda Staveley and backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and the Reuben brothers, currently being considered by the Premier League.

And Rivaldo told Betfair: ‘Newcastle should receive a big money injection this summer with a new owner coming to town and this could be a great destination for Gareth Bale.

‘He could reassume his superstar status at the club and keep earning a big amount of money.

Rivaldo has tipped Bale to join the Premier League club (Picture: Getty)

‘It would be a great chance for him to prove he is still a top-class player and be considered again one of the best in the world, so if this offer really comes, I think he should accept it.

‘At Newcastle, he would be the biggest star of the team and could command a renovated squad to good campaigns on Premier League.’

Brazil legend Rivaldo added: ‘There are rumours that Bale is being offered to MLS clubs and that he is looking forward to move to the US soon, but I still think he has something left to show in European football at 30-years-old, before moving to the MLS.

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‘I believe his career at Real Madrid is coming to an end, as his chances in the starting 11 will be limited, especially with potential new arrivals this summer.

‘The club no longer trusts him to be a decisive player after some internal problems in the last few years.

‘For that reason, leaving Real Madrid seems highly probable, but I suppose he should continue in Europe for at least two/three more years and perhaps moving to Premier League would be the best option for him now.’

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Fikayo Tomori reveals he nearly quit Chelsea as a youngster



Tomori almost quit (Picture: Getty)

Fikayo Tomori admitted he nearly quit Chelsea in his early days at Cobham – when he thought he wouldn’t make it as a youngster.

Tomori has enjoyed a fine breakthrough season under Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge but it could all have been very different.

He arrived at the club’s centre of excellence as a 7-year-old and rose through the ranks, eventually reaching the starting XI, while he has been capped for England.

But on his first time at Cobham, when he played with fellow Premier League players Tammy Abraham and Dominic Solanke, Tomori – who has played 22 times for Chelsea in all competitions this season – felt he wasn’t up to the required standard and told his father he wanted to quit.

‘Once I’ve left the centre of excellence, I’m going to Cobham and obviously this is proper Cobham, I’d see Tammy [Abraham] there, Dom Solanke,’ Tomori told Chelsea TV.

‘I noticed that I couldn’t just pick the ball up and run through everyone. So after that I got back in the car and I told my parents: “I’m not coming back here anymore.”

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‘It was obviously a level up and my dad said: “No, you’re going to come back.”

‘It wasn’t the fact that he was saying: “You must be a footballer, you must play football,” it was kind of like, you are at a level where you need to challenge yourself.

‘There is no point playing with people that you find it too easy, if you come here and challenge yourself you are going to get better and I am glad he had that take on it.’

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What Didier Deschamps told Chelsea star N’Golo Kante after his refusal to train



Deschamps backs Kante’s decision not to train during the pandemic (Picture: Getty Images)

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has the ‘respect’ of his France manager Didier Deschamps for refusing to return to training due to fears he could contract Covid-19.

The 29-year-old took part in one training session last week with the rest of the first team but has opted out of any further involvement since then.

Kante has a family history of heart problems and the club have told him he can miss the rest of the season if he doesn’t feel comfortable enough to return.

Blues goalkeeper Willy Caballero admitted the France international is scared after suffering with coronavirus symptoms during quarantine, and the midfielder’s decision to sit out has been praised by his international manager Deschamps.

‘Not only do I understand it, but I find the case of [N’Golo Kante] exemplary,’ Deschamps told Le Parisian.

‘N’Golo is whole, natural. He always has a smile.

Chelsea players such as Mason Mount have returned to training (Picture: Getty Images)

‘He has expressed his feelings. I told him, “Respect”.

‘It is good that his club heard him and granted him his wish. You have to take into account the feelings of the players.

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‘Football is their job and their passion, but they cannot live the current situation in a carefree manner, without being worried.

‘If the club, which is the employer, demands that they come to train, it is complicated for them not to perform.’

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Ashley Cole reveals Arsenal’s mistake convinced him to join Chelsea



Ashley Cole says Arsenal’s failure to replace key players forced his move to Chelsea (Getty Images)

Ashley Cole says that the departure of Arsenal’s key players was a decisive factor behind his move to Chelsea.

Cole came through Arsenal’s academy and helped the club win two Premier League titles and three FA Cup trophies before making the controversial switch to Chelsea in 2006.

The former England left-back has denied suggestions that he was motivated to join Chelsea for the money and claims Arsenal were ‘falling apart’ by the time he left Arsene Wenger’s side after failing to replace important players.

‘The transition in terms of being in a different group, environment and players was easy because at the time when I first started at Arsenal, that was the core – the Keowns, the Seamans, the Vieiras, the Henrys, the Adams’,’ Cole told BBC Sport.

‘When they started to leave, this is just me personally, I felt there were holes in the culture of what it was that brought success.

‘I just felt it was falling apart a bit, or there were gaps missing and they weren’t filled.

Ashley Cole won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012 (Getty Images)

‘So that transition in terms of finding myself in a different culture and the willingness and want to win, I went to Chelsea and I had that.’

Asked if he would handle the move differently if given another chance, Cole replied: ‘Yeah, I think when you look back, there were mistakes, for sure, on both sides.

‘One hundred per cent, it’s not just entirely my fault and it’s not entirely their fault.

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‘I was probably a little bit too stubborn at the time and felt a little bit hard done by.

‘I was a little bit babyish to be honest, but it’s something I won’t ever regret and I wouldn’t ever change that situation. It’s just something that happened. Maybe it was meant to be, who knows?

‘But I definitely feel unjust about it because it wasn’t what people think in terms of money.

‘It’s crazy, but that was probably the last thing on my mind.’

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