He hardly cost a thing, really - Denis Doyle
Madrid's President claims a bid from Manchester United means the player came cheap at the price.
Florentino Perez has informed Real Madrid fans through Cadena Ser (via The Guardian in English) that his deal for the (somewhere close to) 100-million-Euro man was practically a bargain-basement sort of thing. There's even a direct quote and a little philosophizing: "Bale has come cheaply, signing the best players out there is Madrid's philosophy and Bale was the best player on the market this summer...We learned that Manchester United had made an offer and we made one ourselves."
- From BBC Sport we learn that Ancelotti hopes to have his record-signing fit for this weekend's Madrid derby.
- The endlessly entertaining Diego Torres of El Pais (even if you don't believe him, that would only mean the quality of the fiction is stellar) has released an excerpt of his new book on the Mourinho era at Real Madrid. You thought the Red Bull story was a little over-the-top? Well enjoy reading.
- And finally, a beautiful article from ESPN by Tim Vickery on Madrid legend Alfredo di Stefano: South American's Greatest. Required reading for any Madrid fan!
Managing Madrid will have full coverage of our game against Elche today at 22:00! Enjoy watching!