12pm Sports News: Featuring Bale, Ferdinand and Alonso

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A round up of the latest news stories from across the world of sport.

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager David Pleat says Gareth Bale is too young to bear the burden of a move to Real Madrid.

“I doubt he'd find it easy. Many have failed when they have moved overseas. One or two have succeeded, but not many. Most have had a difficult time. I think he is young to go, but he might feel that, with his partner and baby, it will be a new start for him,” said Pleat.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says the current Manchester United squad is already strong enough to retain the Premier League title.

“We're confident. If we had to go into the season with the players that we've got now I'd be more than confident and with high hopes of doing well and winning trophies,” said Ferdinand.

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso has been reprimanded by the team’s Chief Di Montezemolo. Alonso was reportedly asked what his ideal present would be for his 32nd birthday with the Spaniard’s response reportedly “Someone else’s car”. Alonso is third on the table for the Formula One World Championship.

Australian batsman David Warner could be recalled for the third Test match against England this week. England are the strong favourites to go 3-0 up in the current series, which would mean retaining the Ashes. Warner was dropped from the current squad for punching England’s Joe Root in a bar during the ICC Trophy.

England will play Australia on the opening day of the 2015 World Cup. England will also face matches against New Zealand, Sri Lanka and one of the qualifying nations. The tournament, which is being co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, begins on February 14 2015.

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