Real Madrid & the Champions League final
Attention is already starting to mount ahead of next Saturday night’s UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff, Wales, between Real Madrid and Juventus.
Los Blancos have already won the Spanish league title, while they are on the verge of making UCL history becoming the first team to win the Champions League in back to back seasons.
But before they put their hands on the trophy, they have to score past Juventus. The Italians recently went on a eight-and-a-half run without conceding in the UCL.
Max Allegri’s side are also on the verge of making history, as the Turin giants could secure a magical treble in Wales having already won Serie A (for a sixth straight season) and the Coppa Italia.
How will Madrid line up?
The biggest discussion in Madrid this week centres on who will start for Real in the final against Juventus.
Gareth Bale has been injured for much of the season, and in his absence Isco has taken his opportunity to shine in the Los Blancos XI.
Many now believe that Bale, who is once agains healthy, is likely to start the UCL showpiece on the bench as Zinedine Zidane opts to line up with Isco, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo in his attack.
Man United wake up
According to Mundo Deportivo on Monday, should Bale be left out the Madrid XI, Manchester United believe they have a great chance of signing the Welsh star this summer.
Bale is listed as the “most exciting” signing Man United are considering in the off-season.
Interestingly, United have been linked to Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic over the weekend who, as an attacking left-footed forward, is in the same mould as Bale.
Is the deal likely?
27-year-old Bale is under contract in Madrid until 2022.
Mundo Deportivo further report that Bale believes he’ll be in Zidane’s starting lineup for the Juventus game.
Indeed, MD tell their readers that “Bale would feel betrayed by the club if he doesn’t start in Cardiff”.
So if he starts on the bench, is he off? Mundo Deportivo close out their update reporting Bale has “always been attracted to Old Trafford” however Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is certain that Bale will not leave the club this summer.