It has been a busy couple of weeks for Real Madrid as a presumed on-field crisis has sent the media into overdrive with a number of important issues being brought up.
Firstly, former Tottenham Hotspur hero Gareth Bale has taken an absolute hammering for his poor performances of late with Spanish paper Marca painting a grim picture of the Welsh star.
A nine-game scoreless run is an awful return for any top forward, but for an attacking player who cost Los Blancos so much it is – in Madrid’s eyes - utterly unacceptable.
However, it’s not Bale's attacking failures of late which have seen him come under such scrutiny, but more his presumed laziness and unwillingness to track back and defend when out of possession.
“They [Isco and James] kill themselves running, like Kroos, who has also tried to adapt himself to tasks that were not his. These efforts contrast with Bale’s reluctance to do what is asked of him, which is what the team needs. He plays like a comfortable star. If is not because of his back [alleged injury], it is unforgivable,” he writes.
In other news, after allegedly closing the signing of Danilo for €30 million, as per AS, the La Liga giants are now in the market for another left-back and have reportedly pinpointed Bayern Munich’s David Alaba.
The Austrian international has been a regular for Pep Guardiola’s side this season and is renowned across Europe as one of the best full-backs in the game.
However, as players have found out, the lure of the Santiago Bernabeu is unique and regardless of Alaba’s long-term deal at Bayern – which expires in 2018 – the Bundesliga outfit are vulnerable to Real’s interest.
Finally, Real’s recent Champions League opponents Schalke have confirmed they have held talks with Sami Khedira regarding a move when his contract expires this summer, a separate AS report states.
“Yes, we’ve had the first few discussions. When he is at full strength, I think Khedira can be a great help to us in the future,” Schalke 04 president Clemens Tonnies was quoted as saying.