Tottenham Would Reportedly Be Able to Trump Man Utd to Gareth Bale Thanks to Contractual Clause

​Tottenham would be able to pip Manchester United to the signing of Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale in January, because of a special first refusal clause in his contract.

When the London club sold the Welsh winger for £85m back in 2013, chairman Daniel Levy ensured that they would be able to stand a chance of re-signing him one day, just in case.

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As it happens, Bale’s time in Madrid has not quite panned out the way he would have hoped so far – unfortunately, multiple injuries have hindered his expected transition into a bonafide world superstar, and instead left him with Los Blancos supposedly wanting to cut ties with him.

The 28-year-old, remarkably, has missed around 60% of games for the Spanish giants, and local reports have claimed Zinedine Zidane and Florentino Perez have run out of patience.


As reported by the ​Express, if United were to offer an acceptable amount of money for Bale in January, then Tottenham would be able to take him for the same amount thanks to the first refusal clause should they so wish.

It is understood that Real would be prepared to make a slight loss on Bale, given his shocking injury record, and some outlets have reported they’d be happy with a figure around the £65m mark.

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Spurs lack a top quality wide man at the moment, with Erik Lamela a long term injury absentee, Georges Kevin N’Koudou out of favour and Moussa Sissoko having not cut the mustard since his move from Newcastle.


REVEALED: Two Failsafes That Could Stop Jose Mourinho Leaving Manchester United for PSG

​Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho’s future with the club continues to be cast in doubt, with a move to Paris Saint-Germain consistently being tipped, however there are two major stumbling blocks the Ligue 1 side may have to overcome in order to land their man, according to the ​Daily Mail. 

The 54-year-old fuelled the potential switch earlier in the season, stating that he would, one day, like to manage the big spenders. 

It has long been suggested that the Parc des Princes hierarchy are keen to replace current manager Unai Emery, and that the Portuguese man is a serious contender on the Qatari owners’ shortlist. 

However, it has since emerged that United chiefs have two potential failsafes in place in order to prevent them from losing their highly acclaimed boss. 

It is thought that Red Devils chiefs are working hard in order to secure five priority targets over the coming months that the former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager has identified. 

Of course, as you would expect, Los Blancos and former Red Devil Cristiano Ronaldo is seemingly top of that list, however whether the Old Trafford chiefs see outlaying an expectedly huge asking price for an ageing attacker remains to be seen. 

Elsewhere within the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium ranks, Gareth Bale is another name tipped to be on Mourinho’s wishlist alongside Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, although there is suggestions that the Frenchman has already agreed to join Barcelona come the end of this season. 

Two maybe more slightly realistic targets for the north west giants are those of Emil Forsberg from RB Leipzig and Carlos Soler of Valencia, who both have shone in equally impressive campaigns so far for their sides. 

However, simply signing players may not be enough to deter the Portuguese manager’s exit from Old Trafford, but his current deal may be. 

There have been reports that Mourinho is unhappy he did not receive a pay rise following on from his first season in the job, in which United secured three pieces of silverware and qualified for the Champions League. 

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However, in his ongoing contract it has been revealed that the Red Devils chiefs have the power to extend his stay by a further 12 months should they wish to, meaning if PSG were to come in for the ‘special one’ they would be forced to pay a cool £30m in compensation to the Premier League side. 


Marcus Rashford Reveals Former Manchester United Goalkeeper Was Idol & Has Plans to Play in Net

​Manchester United star striker Marcus Rashford has stated growing up he idolised goalkeeper Tim Howard and that he is eyeing a spell in goal for his side at some point this season. 

The 20-year-old, who is much better known for his outfield play than that of between the sticks, has netted seven times for the north west giants so far this term across the Premier League, Champions League and the League Cup. 

The young Englishman is regarded by many as one of the hottest up and coming attacking talents in the country, however has revealed it wasn’t always going to be that way. 

On his return to former boys’ club Fletcher Moss Rangers, the United talisman admitted he originally started his footballing career in goal and that his idol was not a frontman, but a former Red Devils shot stopper. 

“My first season, I went in net”, Rashford told ​The Sunday Times. 

“The thrill of scoring a goal, you get that same thrill when you save a good chance.

“Tim Howard was my idol. I used to have a little Tim Howard shirt. You watch, there’ll be a game… I’m going to get the gloves one day!”

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The now Old Trafford favourite grew up in Manchester, and, as many others did, spent every chance he could playing football. 

“In this area, so many kids love playing football”, he said.

“There were some at the club not as talented as others but they knuckled down because they love the game and everybody improved.

“It meant there was always huge competition, and as soon as one player went to an academy [at a professional club], it was an eye-opener to the rest. It showed what was possible.”

Rashford, as does any professional footballer, owes a portion of his career to where he started out, and the 20-year-old has nothing but praise for his former youth team, Fletcher Moss Rangers.

“Me and my friends would go out with the ball wherever we could”, the Englishman added. 

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“That’s where the street football started. I still sometimes have kickabouts with my friends in the old park where we used to go, but it’s more difficult now.”


Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle United: Romelu Lukaku Ends Goal Drought in Emphatic Win

Manchester United denied Manchester City the chance to go 11 points clear with a 4-1 victory over Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Saturday evening, as Jose Mourinho got one over old foe Rafa Benitez.

The big news prior to kick-off was the inclusion of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the Manchester United squad as they returned from long-term injuries, with the French midfielder playing from the kick off – whilst Marcos Rojo returned to the bench in place of the injured Eric Bailly.

Rafa Benitez went for a bold team selection with a partnership of Joselu and Dwight Gayle upfront. However, the Newcastle manager was without captain Jamaal Lascelles, winger Christian Atsu and midfielder Mikel Merino who all missed out through injury.

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Newcastle started solidly, proving they weren’t just here to make up the numbers, but it was the Manchester United number nine Romelu Lukaku who had the first chance of the game in the 7th minute as he turned Antonio Valencia’s low driven cross over the bar.

But it was the Toon Army that were celebrating six minutes later ​as Gayle calmly stroked DeAndre Yedlin’s cut-back in off the post after Victor Lindelof’s untimely slip to make it 1-0 – that was Manchester United’s first goal conceded at home from open play in 2017.

Jacob Murphy then almost doubled the away side’s lead in the 19th minute as he ran onto a beautiful Jonjo Shelvey through ball but the winger’s shot rolled just past David De Gea’s far post.

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The return of Pogba eventually paid dividends in the 36th minute when he bamboozled Isaac Hayden far too easily and dinked a delightful chip to the back post for the onrushing Anthony Martial to head home.

​​​​The equaliser came after Newcastle had managed to somewhat weather a Red storm for the previous ten minutes, but they were denied what seemed a stone-wall penalty before half-time when Ciaran Clark almost pulled Lukaku’s shirt back to front.

The floodgates then proceeded to open on the 45th minute mark as Chris Smalling rose highest at the back post to head Ashley Young’s deep cross into the back of the net.

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Newcastle almost had an instant reply but Hayden’s poor shot was straight at De Gea when 1v1 and Matt Ritchie’s follow up ricocheted off Gayle around the wrong side of the post. 

Manchester United made it 3-1 in the 54th minute with a fantastic counter attacking goal – Lukaku crossed the ball deep to Marcus Rashford who’s deft header teed up Pogba to tap in and mark his return with a goal.

Newcastle seemed to fall apart after the third goal as they knew the game was over, seemingly unable to keep hold of possession and maintain any discipline in their shape.

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Lukaku finally buried his chance in the 71st minute, rocketing his shot into the roof of Rob Elliot’s net to make it 4-1 and finally end his ongoing goal drought.

With the game slowing upon it’s conclusion, it proved the perfect time for cult hero Ibrahimovic to make his entrance, with the return of Zlatan met with cheers every time he touched the ball and he could have been met with even more had his scissor kick found the back of the net in the 90th minute.

Manchester United keep up the title chase remaining in second, whereas the defeat was Newcastle’s third in a row, leaving the Magpies in eleventh.




Rio Ferdinand Lifts the Lid on How Legendary Man Utd Personalities Were Treated by Sir Alex Ferguson

Rio Ferdinand has offered a unique insight into the Manchester United dressing room under legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The ex-United centre-back spoke to Clare Balding on her new BT Sport show about his reason behind taking up a boxing career, and was naturally quizzed on his time as an Old Trafford player under the man dubbed ‘Fergie’.

Asked specifically about his teammates’ relationship with Ferguson at the time, Ferdinand revealed who he had considered to be the Scot’s favoured personnel and the one star who seemed to get more stick than everyone else.

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He joked: ​”Well, Darren Fletcher was like his son. He used to get round to Fergie’s for Sunday lunch!

“Gary Neville was a teacher’s pet so nothing was ever said to him…When Scholesy got sent off though Fergie said ‘Well played’.

“Giggsy used to get a bit of grief from time to time because he was the most experienced one, so if he shouted at Giggsy then it meant he wasn’t happy – he was an example to everyone else.”

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One element of being a United ace that Ferdinand was always cautious of was Ferguson’s infamous hairdryer treatment.

The 39-year-old went on to explain that United’s senior squad weren’t afraid of him, but did fear him turning the switch and laying into them – and how one particular example left a former superstar feeling about three inches tall.

He added: “We weren’t scared of the gaffer as he had a really good way about him but, when it came to that switch about passion and desire and he turns on you, that’s when the fear does come in for some people.

“Cristiano Ronaldo was probably the one that I saw react the worst to it. He wasn’t very happy with it – he was broken – when he tried to take on Benfica by himself and the gaffer said ‘You aren’t a one-man team, this is about the team’.

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“He was very young and he had his head bowed the entire time!”