Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has some serious apologising to do in the Spanish capital, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema still furious with their strike partner for a moment of selfishness which ultimately cost them dear against Valencia last weekend.
Bale burst clean through at the Mestalla on Sunday with Madrid staring at a 2-1 defeat, but with Karim Benzema square for a tap-in decided to go it alone and was ultimately caught by a covering defender.
Benzema did an awful job of hiding his fury with that error in judgement, with Marca reporting that the Frenchman and Cristiano Ronaldo have made their feelings very clear on the incident and are yet to forgive the Welsh wizard for contributing to the end of a stunning 22-match winning streak.
Can United take advantage?
The Daily Star think Bale's future with Madrid is in jeopardy as a result of the row that erupted at Valencia, which isn't as farfetched as you may think.
Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti definitely has some repair work to do here, with Los Blancos chief Florentino Perez not adverse to selling his best players if the price is right. Mesut Ozil, Xabi Alonso have all left against the fan's wishes if the price is right, so dissension in the ranks has to be viewed as a transfer boost if United are serious about a world-record swoop for the 25-year-old.
Premier League interest is strong
United manager Louis van Gaal would love to make Bale the next 'Galactico' style signing to walk through the doors at Old Trafford, with a £150 million outlay on top players since the Dutchman arrived proving the Red Devils are serious about spending big in search of instant success.
Chelsea have rather more outrageously linked with a world-record bid for Bale in the summer, which may become an option if the feud between the winger, Benzema and Ronaldo grows under the pressure to deliver success during the second half of the season.
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