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 By Chris Wright

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale: I don't really watch much football

Gareth Bale was on target as Real Madrid thrashed Deportivo la Coruna.

Gareth Bale rubber-stamped his return to the Real Madrid fold with two goals in a 7-1 trouncing of Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday evening.

Having struggled with injuries and dipping form in recent months, the Welshman eventually left the field to a hearty ovation from the Bernabeu crowd.

Facing the press after the match, thoughts almost immediately turned to Real's upcoming Champions League quarterfinal clash with PSG next month.

However, when asked about the ominous form of Neymar, Edinson Cavani...

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale happy to hear cheers instead of whistles from fans

Despite hitting Deportivo for seven, Paul Mariner delves into the weaknesses that could still come back to bite Real Madrid moving forward.

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale said it had been nice to be applauded off at the Bernabeu after his double strike in Sunday evening's 7-1 La Liga win against Deportivo La Coruna, joking that it made a nice change from being whistled.

The Bernabeu was very restless early in the game when relegation threatened Depor went 1-0 up through Adrian Lopez, but defender Nacho soon equalised and Bale then put Madrid ahead with a trademark curling strike.

The Welshman made it 3-1 early in the second half...

 By Rob Train

Gareth Bale, Nacho Fernandez 9/10 as Real Madrid thrash Deportivo

Despite hitting Deportivo for seven, Paul Mariner delves into the weaknesses that could still come back to bite Real Madrid moving forward.

Real Madrid ran out 7-1 winners against Deportivo in the Bernabeu to return to winning ways in La Liga with Nacho (twice), Gareth Bale (twice), Cristiano Ronaldo (twice) and Luka Modric on the score sheet. Adrian Lopez had put the visitors ahead after 22 minutes, but Zinedine Zidane's side recovered and racked up their biggest win of the domestic season in some style in the second half.


Real had gone 228 minutes without scoring at home in La Liga before Sunday, and this was the first...

 By PA Sport

Wales boss Ryan Giggs vows to aid Gareth Bale with fitness

Zinedine Zidane responds to ESPN's Real Madrid correspondent Dermot Corrigan in regards to Gareth Bale's fitness and future with the club.

New Wales manager Ryan Giggs believes his fitness expertise will help improve Gareth Bale's injury record.

Bale has suffered another injury-hit season at Real Madrid with calf and groin problems limiting him to only six starts in La Liga.

The 28-year-old also missed Wales' final two World Cup qualifiers as the nation missed out this summer's finals in Russia.

"It's about passing on your knowledge that you experienced as a player," said Giggs, who turned to yoga as he prolonged a stellar career at...

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale rested for Real Madrid's Copa del Rey game

Zinedine Zidane says Cristiano Ronaldo is where he belongs at Real Madrid amid rumours of an exit.
Mark Ogden and Rob Dawson explain why Cristiano Ronaldo is unlikely to swap Real Madrid for Manchester United.
The ESPN FC panel share their thoughts on the reports from Spain stating that Cristiano Ronaldo wants out of Madrid.
The FC crew cast doubt on Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Manchester United, despite his recent dip in form and reports of tension at Real Madrid.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has been rested by coach Zinedine Zidane for Thursday evening's Copa del Rey quarterfinal first leg at Leganes, with Gareth Bale and Marcelo the other first-teamers excused from the short trip.

Ronaldo's future at the Bernabeu remains unclear with the player himself pushing for a move elsewhere as club president Florentino Perez has not yet accepted his demand of a new contract that would reportedly increase his wages to around €50 million a year.

Zidane has...

Real Madrid to swap Ronaldo's 'BBC' for 'NHL' of Neymar, Hazard, Lewandowski?

The FC crew discuss Cristiano Ronaldo's situation at Real Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo's uncertain future remains the major talking point in Spain, and Wednesday morning's sports papers continued the theme of the week with speculation that Real Madrid will overhaul their entire front line in the summer.

Marca predicts a big shake-up at the Bernabeu in the summer, with the club's feted "BBC" strike force of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano making way for an "NHL" trio of Neymar, Eden Hazard and Robert Lewandowski. It's a story high on speculation but...