Sport Fabio Coentrao has started only four games since United tried to sign him last summer

The wing-back has not played for more than two months because of a thigh injury sustained on international duty for Portugal

Alvaro Morata’s first-team chances have been limited at Real

Transfer news: Arsenal move for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata set to be blocked by Carlo Ancelotti

Arsène Wenger is looking to buy a striker after Theo Walcott ruptured a knee ligament on Saturday

Ray Wilkins back at Craven Cottage as Fulham's new assistant manager

Fulham will appoint the 57-year-old Ray Wilkins today as assistant to Rene Meulensteen after the club’s 6-0 defeat to Hull. It is the second English name brought in by the club since the appointment of Meulensteen as manager last month. Last week they hired former Charlton and West Ham manager Alan Curbishley as technical director

Transfer news: Iker Casillas drops biggest hint that he is ready to leave Real Madrid after admitting he won't go anywhere to be second choice

Both Manchester City and Arsenal are among clubs monitoring the future of the Spanish Number One after he fell behind Diego Lopez in the Real pecking order

Iker Casillas

Transfer news: Arsenal and Manchester City monitor Iker Casillas situation at Real Madrid

Premier League clubs keeping an eye on marginalised keeper

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale both attended the Real Madrid Christmas dinner

Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and the rest of the Real Madrid squad enjoy a sophisticated, well-behaved Christmas dinner

The ever-feared Christmas party passed by in Madrid without any drama after the squad enjoyed a well-manured sit down meal together

Radamel Falcao join Chelsea on a six-month loan deal from AS Monaco
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) celebrates with Real Madrid's Welsh striker Gareth Bale

Cristiano Ronaldo nets hat-trick in Real Madrid rout of Real Sociedad

With Gareth Bale in the side, Carlo Ancelotti's team won 5-1

Gareth Bale assesses his injury at the Bernabeu

Gareth Bale likely to remain with Real Madrid despite being called up by Wales

The world's most expensive player is suffering with a thigh injury

Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria

Champions League: Angel Di Maria refuses to give up place as he and Cristiano Ronaldo score doubles for Real Madrid

The Spanish side beat FC Copenhagen 4-0 at the Bernabeu

Gareth Bale assesses his injury at the Bernabeu

Gareth Bale to undergo tests after being ruled out of Champions League tie for Real Madrid

The world's most expensive player is still suffering from a thigh problem ahead of the game against FC Copenhagen

Cristiano Ronaldo pictured in the 2-1 win over Elche

Was it a penalty? Decide for yourself if Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo 'stole' a La Liga victory over Elche

The Spanish giants were awarded a controversial penalty in the 96th minute

Gareth Bale picked up the injury in the warm-up ahead of the Getafe match on Sunday

Gareth Bale suffering from 'muscle fatigue' after Real Madrid home debut is put on hold

The £86m winger is expected to miss the midweek trip to Elche but he could make his first appearance at the Santiago Bernabeu when rivals Atletico Madrid visit next weekend

Gareth Bale celebrates after providing the assist for one of Cristiano Ronaldo's goals against Galatasaray

Gareth Bale happy to be back in the Champions League after coming off the bench in Real Madrid demolition of Galatasaray

The most expensive player in world football provided two assists after coming on in the second half and has said he is looking forward to featuring more as he returns to fitness

Gareth Bale and David Moyes

David Moyes refuses to confirm if Manchester United made a late bid to hijack Gareth Bale transfer to Real Madrid

Reports in France claim Premier League champions offered Spurs £125m but Bale had his heart set on Real move

Cristiano Ronaldo gives Gareth Bale, his new Real Madrid team-mate, a warm welcome in training with a friendly, sliding, studs-up tackle

Cristiano Ronaldo the top dog as Carlo Ancelotti says Gareth Bale will play out of position at Real Madrid

Welsh winger in squad to face Villarreal tonight but coach hints he will be used on the right

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Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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