Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez visited the chat show Punto Pelota on Monday night and denied the allegations claiming Bale has a severe back injury. The president also believes Iker Casillas will retire at Real Madrid and that Casillas is training well and appears motivated. With regards to Xabi Alonso, Florentino said the "Red Beard" has given everything for the white shirt; in return, the club will offer him a contract renewal or help him move to a new club, depending on his desires at the end of this season. Pérez also made a plea to the Bernabéu fans to scale back the whistling and booing of Madrid players as the negative feedback from the home fans could destabilize the team. The President covered other topics such as the renovation plans for the Bernabéu stadium, offers for Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos' contract, so make sure to check out the interview.
According to The Guardian, Wales manager Chris Coleman believes Gareth Bale's lack of a pre-season is responsible for the winger's current injury woes. According to Coleman, Real Madrid fans might have to wait until after the new year to see Gareth Bale at his very best.
ESPN's Nicholas Rigg writes that Ancelotti needs to lock down his go-to starting XI, and the current international break may have been just what the doctor ordered to help Carletto complete his tactical puzzle.
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