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

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Gareth Bale assesses his injury at the Bernabeu

Gareth Bale misses out on Real Madrid home debut after limping out of warm-up for Getafe match

Bale is yet to play at the Santiago Bernabeu

Gareth Bale forced a goal in from inside the six-yard box

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Despite the awkwardness off the pitch, there is a steel to Welshman that is impossible to overlook

Experts predict Gareth Bales' £85m transfer fee could soon be eclipsed

Lionel Messi backs Madrid's 2020 Olympic bid

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Gareth Bale was in the stands for the International Friendly match against Ireland on Wednesday

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Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has played hardball over the transfer terms and could delay the move further after Chelsea's attempt to steal Bale's replacement Willian

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Wales midfielder Gareth Bale will not play against Ireland

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The Wales international is widely expected to move to the Bernabeu this summer

Postcard from... Madrid

Well wishers wave as HMS Westminster sails from Portsmouth as part of an annual deployment of RN, Royal Marines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary personnel to the Mediterranean and Gulf region. The warship will visit Gibraltar on its way

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Downing Street said it was considering the 'unprecedented step' of legal action against Spain over extra border checks

Gareth Bale leaving Tottenham's training ground earlier this week

Transfer news: Gareth Bale talks over Real Madrid move still on despite alarm at the fee Tottenham are demanding

Real president Florentino Perez questioned whether Bale was worth £86m but sources close to Bale insist talks remain on-going

Gareth Bale pictured arriving at Tottenham's training ground

Transfer news: Real Madrid surprised by scale of fee Tottenham are demanding for Gareth Bale

Real's president Florentino Perez says 100m euros seems 'a lot of money'

Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo

Transfer news: Cristiano Ronaldo less than enthusiastic over potential Gareth Bale switch to Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo refused to comment on the potential transfer after insisting he won't reveal his own opinion

Cristiano Ronaldo acknowledges the fans as Real Madrid play LA Galaxy

Transfer news: Cristiano Ronaldo agrees new long-term contract with Real Madrid in another blow to Manchester United - reports

Premier League champions had hoped that his refusal over a new deal would open the door to Old Trafford return, but reports in Spain suggest a five-year deal has been agreed

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