According to recent reports from Sky Sports, Real Madrid could be set for an English-inspired summer in the transfer market. After elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Germans Borussia Dortmund and a miserable domestic season which is seeing Barcelona run away with La Liga, there is ample speculation linking Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho, and Tottenham’s Gareth Bale with a summer merry-go-round.
Despite the once again sensational form of Cristiano Ronaldo, Los Blancos haven’t been able to gain ground on their rivals in La Liga, and fell just short of Borussia Dortmund after an intriguing first leg in Germany.
Now, Sky, among other news outlets, is linking Cristiano Ronaldo with a possible move away from Santiago Bernabeu. The Portuguese international has seen the trophy cabinet run dry this season, with no clear way of catching Barcelona. Ronaldo has been very strongly linked with a return to Manchester United, who appear set to be retaking their perch atop some of the world’s biggest clubs.
The striker further fueled the fire by commenting: “I want to win wherever I am. That is what I want most, I am not concerned about renewing,” he said when asked about his contract situation.
Former French international Zinedine Zidane added further speculation this morning as Sky Sports quoted him as publicly discussing the future of Premier League Player of the Year Gareth Bale. Zidane insists that Bale will be highly valued, but pointed out that there are a number of clubs willing to pay for a player who could be the difference between domestic and European success.
“After the season he has just had – and still being so young, of course – Gareth Bale is going to be one of the most expensive players in the world if he decides to move,” said the former World Cup winner.
“Tottenham could demand £40m, £50m, maybe even £60m for him. It is a lot of money, but there are maybe three or four teams in the world that can pay that sort of transfer fee, and it won’t put them off.
“A player like Bale can be the difference between a big club winning the league or the Champions League.
“They would be getting the best player in Europe this season – and he is at an age where he can still play at the top for another 10 years.”
The final – and maybe most influential change at the Bernabeu this summer – could be the departure of boss Jose Mourinho. The so-called “special one” has felt the heat this season, culminating in a tense interview with ITV following his club’s Champions League exit yesterday.
When asked about the future of manager Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo refused to speculate.
“I do not know. Sincerely, I do not know,” said Ronaldo.
“I do not have to talk about other people, I am just concerned about the team and myself and that is all. The future of other players, or other coaches, does not concern me.”
With so many unknowns at the club this summer, Real Madrid – and Premiership fans – might be witnessing significant changes.
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