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The Real Madrid winger has not played a competitive game this season

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Portuguese defender claims he is already at the best club in the world and is determined to fight for his place in Carlo Ancelotti's side

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Chris Coleman admits Gareth Bale is still not fit to start for Wales ahead of World Cup qualifier against Serbia

Wales boss claims he has a responsibility to think of the long-term ramifications if Bale was to return to Real Madrid with a further injury after going for a groin scan

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Transfer news: Zinedine Zidane claims £86m for Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is 'incomprehensible' after Tottenham switch

Former world-record transfer Zidane believes the fee is too much for any player although he is looking forward to helping Bale develop to his full potential

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Mesut Ozil claims he would have joined Arsenal 'for free' after crucial phone call with Arsene Wenger

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The Republic of Ireland’s hopes of  securing a World Cup play-off place suffered a grievous blow last night when they let slip a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 to close rivals Sweden in Dublin, the veteran midfielder Anders Svensson getting the Swedes’ winner.

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