Real Madrid 'Won't Abandon' Gareth Bale Amid Manchester United Rumours

Gareth Bale

GETTYGareth Bale may have played his last game for Real Madrid

He did not link up with Chris Coleman's Wales squad for upcoming friendlies against France and Panama, and will now be hoping for no more setbacks in the run-up to the 2018 World Cup.

Bale has not featured for Real since suffering another calf injury in the Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund on September 26.

Karim Benzema has been making headlines recently, although not for reasons he'd appreciate.

Perhaps emboldened by rumours Neymar has told some of his former Barcelona team-mates that he regrets joining Paris Saint-Germain, Florentino Pérez has decided the Brazilian might like to go Real Madrid instead.

His latest arrived this week when it was revealed that he will miss next week's Madrid derby and possibly the rest of 2017.

Coleman has no plans to change the way he uses Bale for Wales, saying he would be picked to play as long as he was fit for Madrid. I already have the door open for him if he wants to come.

"He'll get over [it] and he'll be back. Will Real persevere with Bale, risking another injury, or will they cash in?"

"He's having a hard time".

Finally, there is unrest at Chelsea with The Sun revealing both Mourinho and Antonio Conte blocked Premier League loan opportunities for Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Indeed, including Bale's bumper salary, AS believe his 159 games for the club have cost Madrid 1.06 million euros a match.

Bale "felt some discomfort in his left leg" after training on Thursday, and tests on Friday revealed "a strain to the middle third of the adductor longus muscle in his left leg", the defending European club champion said.

Paper Round's view: Given Bale has put his body through the extreme stresses of professional football, and done so with an emphasis on his power and speed as much as with his technique, 28 is a relatively old age in football terms.

This one, according to Madrid, could keep him out for anywhere between two and six weeks.

"Gareth himself is just fully focused on getting fit".

Until that happens, however, let's remember that while Ronaldo's main currency is goals, he's no slouch when it comes to providing them for his teammates.

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