The Cardiff-born Wales international moved to the Spanish capital earlier this year after his sale to the Spanish club for a world-record fee

Gareth Bale with the a copy of Fifa 14

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Harnanes of Brazil tangles with the Russian Bystrov

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Christiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal against Celta Vigo

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Real Madrid call up Iker Casillas for Manchester United clash

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Manchester City pitch in to help Real Madrid knock out Manchester United

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AC Milan pessimistic over deals for Mario Balotelli and Kaka

Pair have been linked with return to Italy

Didier Drogba

AC Milan keen to sign Didier Drogba

Former Chelsea striker ready to terminate his contract with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua

Mario Balotelli

AC Milan ask Manchester City to lower asking price for Mario Balotelli

Manchester City are demanding over £20m for the Italian striker

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AC Milan in talks with Real Madrid over return of Kaka

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When the Corinthians squad left Sao Paulo a week ago for the Fifa Club World Cup in Japan, 20,000 supporters came to see them off. The cavalcade of fans in cars blocked Ayrton Senna Highway, one of the main routes into the airport in Guarulhos and then they invaded the terminal. The pictures are extraordinary. As fans pack the different levels of the airport with banners and smoke flares they might as well be on the terraces of a stadium.

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Kaka admits uncertainty over Real Madrid future

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David Beckham: 'The foundations are there now in this league. It will continue to grow'

David Beckham signs off LA Galaxy life with 'old feeling' of winning

Draped in a Union flag and the Stars and Stripes as he left the pitch, David Beckham finished his Major League Soccer career as a winner. Mission accomplished after six seasons in the United States, but as the former England captain plots his next move, discussions are underway to ensure that his last match with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday was not a Hollywood ending.

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