Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has denied widespread rumours that he didn’t get along with Cristiano Ronaldo while both players were at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Bale said to BT Sport’s “What I Wore” that he had no issues with the Portuguese national team skipper.
The Welshman also added that he got along well with Cristiano Ronaldo and that the media was trying to create problems where there was none.
Gareth Bale could follow Ronaldo out of Real Madrid with reports linking him back to the Premier League.
The 29-year-old has been linked with a return to North London giants Tottenham Hotspur as well as Manchester United and Chelsea.
Reports had claimed that Gareth Bale is on the transfer shortlist of the Blues in case star player Eden Hazard leaves the club this summer.
Hazard has one year left on his current deal at Chelsea amidst strong interest from outgoing European champions Real Madrid.
The Belgian could be the direct replacement for Ronaldo who joined Real Madrid for a then world-record deal of £80m in 2009 and went on to spend nine years before leaving for Italian Serie A club Juventus last summer.
Bale became a Real Madrid player in 2013 as he broke Ronaldo’s record after the Spaniards paid £85.3m to sign him from Tottenham Hotspur.
Chelsea Talisman Makes Player Award Shortlist
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has been rewarded for his superb displays in the Premier League this season after he was named on the shortlist for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year.
Hazard made the six-man shortlist for the Player Award which was announced by the PFA earlier on Saturday.
The Belgian international player has been the key player for West London giants Chelsea in their quest for major honours in both the Europa League and the Premier League.
Hazard and Chelsea are keen to finish in the top-four of the Premier League thereby qualifying for Champions League football next season.
The Blues can also secure Champions League football by winning the Europa League.
They are in the semifinals of the competition following their aggregate win over Czech Republic team Slavia Prague.
Chelsea beat the Czech side 4-3 at home in what was the second leg of their quarterfinal clash to seal a 5-3 aggregate victory over their opponents.
Eden Hazard was subbed off during that game because of a slight injury but he’s expected to be fit for Monday’s home league game against Burnley.
He has scored 16 goals and also provided 12 assists in the Premier League.
The 28-year-old has been involved in more goals (28) than any other player in the league.
Chelsea Loanee Doubtful For Crucial League Clash
Aston Villa striker Tammy Abraham is a big doubt for the Midlands club ahead of their crucial league clash with Millwall in the English Championship.
Tammy Abraham could be a big miss for Aston Villa having been in superb form for former European champions since he signed for them on loan at the start of the season.
The Nigerian-born Three Lions of England striker joined Aston Villa from Premier League giants Chelsea on deadline day of last summer’s transfer window and he has not looked back since then.
He was amongst the goals as Aston Villa boosted their Premier League playoff hopes with a 2-0 away win over relegation-threatened Bolton Wanderers.
Tammy Abraham scored his 25th goal for Aston Villa in the Bolton thus becoming the first player to hit that mark for the Midlands club for the first time in over two decades.
He sustained a shoulder injury against Bolton and the player had to be subbed off for Keinan Davis after 57 minutes.
Tammy Abraham is now doubtful for the Millwall game on Easter Monday.
The English striker has been a huge success at Aston Villa which his third spell away from Chelsea.
Tammy Abraham spent the last campaign at Welsh side Swansea City and at English Championship club Bristol City during the 2016/17 season.
Chelsea Trainee Named On Young Player Award Shortlist
West Ham United utility player Declan Rice has made the six-man shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year Award which was released on Saturday.
The recently capped England international was rewarded for his superb form for the Hammers this season.
His performances for West Ham United have not gone unnoticed with the big boys in the Premier League.
Major Premier League sides like Manchester United and Manchester City are said to be interested in a move for him ahead of the next transfer window scheduled for this summer.
Declan Rice is a utility player that can play either as a centre back or as a defensive midfielder.
He became an England international last month when he made his debut against Montenegro in what was a Euro 2020 qualifier.
Declan Rice impressed a great deal as England recorded a second successive win at the start of their qualifiers via a 5-1 victory over Montenegro.
He had previously played three games for the Republic of Ireland before deciding to switch to England since he has not represented them in a competitive game.
Declan Rice was a former trainee at West London giants Chelsea before he was released at the age of 14.
He joined West Ham United on a free transfer after his release at Chelsea.
Ex-Chelsea Striker Shuts Down Monaco Exit Rumours
AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao has dismissed transfer reports linking him with a move away from the French Ligue 1 club when the transfer window reopens this summer.
While fielding questions from reporters, the Colombian international star said that his immediate future is at the Principality club despite the intense transfer reports of a transfer out of Monaco.
The former Chelsea striker has been linked with a return to former club Atletico Madrid but it looks like he might stay in France.
Falcao has maintained a good form for Monaco in what has been a disappointing campaign for the French Ligue 1 giants.
He has scored 12 league goals this term and his output has been very important for a Monaco side currently flirting with the relegation zone.
AS Monaco are just four points above the relegation zone at the moment.
They have had to make two managerial changes since the start of the season.
Portuguese tactician Leonardo Jardim won the league title for Monaco during the 2016/17 campaign but he was initially dismissed at the start of this season after a poor start to the season.
He was replaced by club legend Thierry Henry who was in charge for just three months before the aforementioned Jardim was reappointed.
Solskjaer makes Tottenham, Arsenal top-four claim
The race for the top-four finish in the Premier League table is currently between Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham and the Red Devils feel some of the teams have got an edge.
The Red Devils are currently a sixth place with two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal and fifth-placed Chelsea which means they will have to do more to be able to catch up.
What is more disturbing for the Red Devils is the fact that they will have to travel to the Goodison Park to face Everton before they will line up for the clash against Man City and Chelsea.
Solskjaer stated that his team are not in a better position to qualify for the Champions League next season despite having their rivals Tottenham, Arsenal, and Chelsea still in European tournaments.
He noted that he would have loved his team to also play in the semi-finals, adding that it is the wish of every player to want to compete and win titles.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated that the attention of his team is to see through the next three fixtures in the Premier League because the games will define their season before they later travel to Huddersfield and then host Cardiff City to end their season.
Chelsea Midfielder Demands Focus On Frankfurt Tie
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has called on his teammates to focus on the upcoming Europa League semifinals against German Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.
Kante talked about German club Frankfurt in his post-match thoughts after Chelsea knocked out Czech Republic side Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarterfinals.
The French World Cup winner called on his teammates to quickly switch focus on facing Eintracht Frankfurt for the right to secure a spot in Europa League finals.
Kante and Chelsea faced a little scare against Czech side Slavia Prague and were able to come out of it unscathed.
The Blues had already won the first leg 1-0 away from home before the second meeting between the two teams at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night.
Pedro Rodriguez gave Chelsea the 5th-minute lead before an own goal from Ivorian defender Simon Deli doubled the lead for the hosts.
French World Cup winner Olivier Giroud extended his record as the topscorer in the Europa League this season to 10 goals after he edged Chelsea 3-0 ahead.
Thomas Koubek pulled one back for Slavia Prague before Pedro Rodriguez added his second goal to give the Blues a 4-1 lead.
Two second-half goals from Petr Sevcik reduced the deficit to 4-3 but Chelsea held on to wrap up a 5-3 aggregate victory over their Czech opponents.
Europa League: Sarri Unhappy With Napoli Exit
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has been left unhappy after Napoli were knocked out of the Europa League at the quarterfinal stage on Thursday night after their aggregate defeat at the hands of Premier League club Arsenal.
Sarri talked about Napoli during his post-match press conference after his Blues team saw off Czech Republic side Slavia Prague in their Europa League quarterfinal duel on Thursday night.
Maurizio Sarri has close ties with Italian Serie A giants Napoli after spending three years at the club before joining Chelsea last summer.
The Italian tactician enjoyed a good measure of success while he was at Napoli and it was his work there that earned him a big move to Chelsea.
Sarri has not had the best of times at Chelsea but he has been able to lead them to the semifinals of the Europa League at the expense of Slavia Prague.
Chelsea survived a little scare before they saw off the Czech side 4-3 at home and a 5-3 aggregate victory over the less fancied Slavia Prague.
Sarri’s former team Napoli were second best against Arsenal over the two legs and the Gunners will play in the semifinals of the competition after a 3-0 aggregate win over the Italian Serie A giants.
Sarri Slammed Over Hazard Treatment
Chelsea legend Glenn Hoddle has berated Blues manager Maurizio Sarri for his treatment of Eden Hazard in recent matches.
In his recent interview as monitored by popular media platform Goal, the former Chelsea player was at loss to why Sarri elected to play Hazard as a central striker in recent games.
Glenn Hoddle was reacting to his decision to start Eden Hazard as the main striker in the last league game, a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Premier League leaders Liverpool.
The gamble to play Hazard as the main striker backfired on Sarri.
His Chelsea side frustrated Liverpool for the first 45 minutes before the Blues defence conceded two goals in the early part of the second half.
Liverpool forwards Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were on target for the Reds who secured the top spot on the Premier League table as a result of the win over Chelsea.
After the game, Sarri was heavily criticised for his failure to start Eden Hazard in his best position.
The Liverpool defeat has left Chelsea with a lot to do to in the race to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League.
The West Londoners are outside the top four on goal difference from fourth-placed Arsenal who have played a game more.
Chelsea To Hand In-form Striker A New Contract
West London giants Chelsea are set to hand in-form striker Olivier Giroud a new contract that will see him stay at the club beyond this summer.
This is according to the publication from popular media portal Goal which claimed that the Blues want to trigger the additional year clause in his current Chelsea deal.
Olivier Giroud has few months left on his current contract with Chelsea though the Premier League club can extend it by a year until the end of next season.
The 32-year-old has been talking about his future at Stamford Bridge and the need for regular playing time.
The French World Cup winner is frustrated at the lack of first-team opportunities at Stamford Bridge and he’s open to the idea of leaving the club.
In one of his recent press conferences, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri told reporters that the Blues will activate the additional year clause in the player’s contract.
Giroud joined Chelsea on an 18-month contract following his move from fellow London club Arsenal at the start of last year.
Arsenal received the sum of £18m from Chelsea for his transfer.
Giroud has been in superb form for Chelsea especially in the Europa League where he’s the leading goalscorer with 10 goals.
Europa League: Chelsea Survive Scare To Secure Semifinal Berth
Premier League giants Chelsea are through to the last four of this year’s Europa League after they survived a scare against Czech side Slavia Prague.
The Blues had to overcome a second-half fightback in their Europa League quarterfinal second leg clash with the team from Czech Republic.
Chelsea won the first leg 1-0 away from home courtesy an 86th-minute goal from Marcos Alonso and they wasted no time in adding to that advantage when Spanish international Pedro Rodriguez gave the hosts an early lead in the fifth minute.
The West Londoners were 2-0 up when Slavia Prague defender Simon Deli put through his own net.
Olivier Giroud added another goal for his 10th goal in the Europa League this season before Tomas Koubek pulled one back for the visitors.
Pedro Rodriguez was the star man for Chelsea after he added his brace for the Blues to make it 4-1 at the halftime interval.
Slavia Prague fought back in the second half with two goals from Petr Sevcik but it was too late as they succumbed to a 4-3 loss to Chelsea and a 5-3 aggregate defeat.
Europa League favourites Chelsea will now face Eintracht Frankfurt in the final four of the competition with a spot in the final up for grabs.
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