McManaman: Real Madrid need Bale to take more prominent role

McManaman: Real Madrid need Bale to take more prominent role

Hazard was possibly the best player in the World Cup as Belgium finished third but had spoken about moving away from Chelsea after six years at the club. "In the future you never know what's going to happen".

Real Madrid Champions League victor Steve McManaman expects Gareth Bale to take a leadership role this season.

The Belgian goalkeeper has made no secret of his desire to move back to the Spanish capital where his children live.

Between the sticks, Keylor Navas has been a more than satisfactory goalkeeper for Real Madrid, but they have been keen to upgrade on the Costa Rican for a few years.

Willian, on the other hand, has been strongly linked with Barcelona, but they opted for sought-after attacking midfielder Malcom instead as they were unwilling to cough up the £70million Chelsea were demanding for the 29-year-old.

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If it is possible good, if it is not possible we keep fighting and working and believing in the players that we have". It was not fair on Alexis (Sanchez ) and (Juan) Mata and (Ander) Herrera . "The atmosphere was obviously fantastic".

Chelsea would then have until the end of the month to tie-up a deal with Madrid to send Courtois to Spain because La Liga's window will remain open until August 31.

The Blues were interested signing Brazil worldwide Alisson Becker, who was new manager Maurizio Sarri's first choice, however the shot-stopper joined Liverpool.

Speculation has since developed since Pickford's exploits in Russian Federation, with Chelsea having reportedly lined the player up as a potential replacement for Thibaut Courtois, who looks set for a move to Real Madrid.

According to the Mail, Madrid are "seriously considering" a double bid of £100m for Willian and Thibaut Courtois.

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