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Notes & Quotes: June 9, 2020; Open Thread

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Former Real Madrid doctor says Bale is “possibly the best athlete” he’s seen

Former Real Madrid doctor Jesús Olmo spoke recently to Spanish newspaper Ideal where he was asked about the best athletic player he’s seen during his career with football clubs.

“Possibly the best athlete I’ve seen is Gareth Bale. He’s a natural athlete capable of excelling at practically any sport. He has unusual genetics and athletic ability, and I would say technical ability as well.”

“He’s the one who impressed me most in all aspects, although there is then performance, which comes about from different circumstances.”

“All athletes have their handicaps. People only see when a player is injured, but there are footballers who play when they’ve got physical problems.”

It’s not really a surprise that Bale would be a great physical specimen for doctors like Olmo. His fitness is one thing that has never been in question despite his struggle with injuries.

It was just a few weeks ago that El Chiringuito reported that Bale was the fittest player who had returned to team training. So its no shock that a doctor is echoing Bale’s commitment to physical fitness.

He needs to apply his fitness to his actual play as the season resumes this weekend, he is still an important for this club. He did miss training over the weekend with foot discomfort but he should still be ready to go for Real’s first match in over two months on Sunday.

Sneijder says Guti was the most talented teammate he played with in Madrid

Former Real Madrid midfielder and Dutch international Wesley Sneijder spoke with the Dailymail about who his most talented teammate during his time with the club.

“Without a doubt I say Guti when I was in Madrid and I played for the great Real Madrid. For me he was a formidable partner in my time in Madrid.”

Sneijder also spoke about Lautaro Martinez in this interview, where he said he’d like to see the Argentine striker choose Real Madrid over Barcelona. He said that he wants to see Lautaro find success at Inter first before making a move to Madrid much later.

He has been consistently linked to Barcelona this season after a great season at Inter alongside Romelu Lukaku. With Luka Jovic still waiting to get his moment, it’s unlikely Sneijder and Real see Lautaro at the club anytime soon if ever.

Ramos’ agent says he wants to retire at the remodeled Bernabéu

Sergio Ramos’ brother and agent Réne spoke with Onda Cero (via AS) about the near future of his brother’s career in Madrid.

“He wants to keep going as long as he can. Playing at the New Bernabéu would be the perfect retirement for him.”

“Physically he’s fine and he’s chomping at the bit [to play].”

It’s hard to think about a club fixture like Ramos retiring anytime soon, but it is a reality Real and the fans will have to eventually face in the coming years. His contract does come up in 2021.

Even at 34 now he is still the captain and heart of this club, who will be very difficult to replace when the time does come for him to retire. He clearly has more left in the tank before he moves on from football.

The dream would certainly be for Ramos to retire at Real and get a proper sendoff as one of the club’s greatest captains and defenders at the revamped stadium. For now, we get to continue enjoying him leading this club to hopefully even more success.

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