Real Madrid Cools Interest in Signing Bale: Soccer Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.

Real Cools on Bale

Real Madrid’s interest in signing Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale is cooling after coach Carlo Ancelotti told club president Florentino Perez that he didn’t consider the player integral to his plans this season, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Ancelotti’s position could prompt Manchester United to formalize its interest in Bale following the Red Devils’ failure to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real, the newspaper added.

Eto’o Eyes Chelsea

Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o is interested in joining Chelsea after being put up for sale by Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, the Daily Mirror reported.

Eto’o wants to work with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho again after winning the Champions League under him at Inter Milan, and the Blues may move for the 32-year-old if they fail in their attempts to sign Wayne Rooney from Manchester United, the newspaper added.

Suarez Silence

Luis Suarez imposed a ban on discussing his attempts to leave Liverpool this week while he’s on international duty with Uruguay, the Daily Mail reported.

The striker will refuse to answer questions regarding his future and is said to have asked his Uruguay teammates not to comment on the matter, the newspaper said. Arsenal will probably make a third offer for Suarez this week, the Mail added.

Gustavo Welcomes Gunners

Bayern Munich’s Luiz Gustavo welcomed a potential move to Arsenal, which is hopeful of completing a 14 million-pound ($21.6 million) deal for the Brazilian defensive midfielder this week, the Guardian reported.

“I have heard about the Arsenal interest,” the Guardian cited Gustavo as saying. “It’s a big club we’re talking about here so of course I’d like to play for them.”

Pepe Alternatives

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini may move for Schalke center-back Kyriakos Papadopoulos or Napoli captain Paolo Cannavaro if he misses out on Real Madrid defender Pepe, the Mirror reported.

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