Real Madrid boss praises former Southampton star Gareth Bale

Basingstoke Gazette: Gareth Bale hold aloft the Champions League trophy Gareth Bale hold aloft the Champions League trophy

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has hailed the attitude of Gareth Bale after the former Saints star scored the decisive goal that lifted the Spanish giants to Champions League glory.

With a pulsating final between city rivals Real and Atletico Madrid finely poised at 1-1, Bale struck five minutes into the second period of extra time to break the hearts of the recently-crowned Primera Division champions.

Having missed several chances throughout normal time, including a clear cut opportunity when through on goal when the tie was still goalless, Bale held his nerve to steer a header into an empty net after Angel di Maria had seen his initial shot saved by Atletico goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

His persistence impressed Ancelotti, who said: ''It was very important because he had tried before, but he was unlucky in front of goal.

''But he turned up when he was needed.''

It is the second time that Bale has scored the winner in a cup final in his first season with Real, with his solo goal against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey earning rave reviews.

Bale's strikes in showpiece encounters will go a long way to silencing the critics that doubted his ability to live up to his world record £85.3m price tag, and Ancelotti is confident the former Southampton and Tottenham midfielder is capable of improvement.

''All season Gareth has been good and he will be better next year,'' Ancelotti added.

Marcelo's strike and Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty gave the scoreline a rather flattering look as Real claimed a 4-1 victory and finally sealed the dream of 'La Decima', their 10th European Cup triumph.

''We're very proud of having won this for all Madrid fans,'' Ancelotti said. ''Happiness is giving happiness to those who always follow us. The fans are very happy and that makes us happy.

''I have had a fantastic group of players who have always been professional and they showed that in this match too. Not only those who were delighted to be playing, but also those who were not playing.

''We've worked hard this season to achieve this.''

Atletico had looked on course for a famous double as, having wrapped up the La Liga title last week, they took a 36th-minute lead on Saturday night through Diego Godin's header.

Yet their failure to double their lead ensured they were on the back foot for much of the final half hour and their defence was finally breached in the third minute of added-on time when Sergio Ramos headed home from a corner.

From then on, there was only going to be one winner, with several Atletico players showing visible signs of fatigue, yet boss Simeone, who was involved in an ugly on-field spat with Real defender Raphael Varane before the final whistle, was proud of his players.

''This fixture doesn't deserve one tear, when you give your life, there's nothing to say,'' he said.

''It's part of the game. You can win, you can lose. Today we lost but know that we gave everything. That exalts us and gives us the ability to continue growing.''

The Argentinian added: ''Now we rest, we have summer to restart and work in the same way.''

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12:17pm Sun 25 May 14

mbetts says...

Proud moment that one of our old youth team players scored the winner in the champions league final well done Garath!
Proud moment that one of our old youth team players scored the winner in the champions league final well done Garath! mbetts
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12:56pm Sun 25 May 14

el caballo santos101 says...

another credit to our academy.
not that spuds fans think we had any involvement. there are some on twitter saying that he went to spuds as a good player but left as a world class player.
funniest thing about that is they must think that redkrapp turned him into the player he is! oh and is that the same Bale that they didn't like and thought was a waste of money?

well done Gareth, just wish we had a sell on clause in your contract.

its been a great summer for our academy so far, bale scores in and wins the champs league final, Josh Sims helps England win the UEFA Under-17 European Championship, JWP captains the England under 20`s win over Qatar in the Toulon tournament, Sam Gallagher scored for England Under-19s in the elite round qualification stage for the European U19 Championship, a game which also had Calum Chambers and Matt Targett play the entire match and Harrison Reed on the bench. Llyod Isgrove played for the welsh U21 team against England and of course both Lalla and Luke being called up for the world cup squad, who knows how far they will get.
our academy, pride of England (and a bit welsh).
another credit to our academy. not that spuds fans think we had any involvement. there are some on twitter saying that he went to spuds as a good player but left as a world class player. funniest thing about that is they must think that redkrapp turned him into the player he is! oh and is that the same Bale that they didn't like and thought was a waste of money? well done Gareth, just wish we had a sell on clause in your contract. its been a great summer for our academy so far, bale scores in and wins the champs league final, Josh Sims helps England win the UEFA Under-17 European Championship, JWP captains the England under 20`s win over Qatar in the Toulon tournament, Sam Gallagher scored for England Under-19s in the elite round qualification stage for the European U19 Championship, a game which also had Calum Chambers and Matt Targett play the entire match and Harrison Reed on the bench. Llyod Isgrove played for the welsh U21 team against England and of course both Lalla and Luke being called up for the world cup squad, who knows how far they will get. our academy, pride of England (and a bit welsh). el caballo santos101
  • Score: 7

2:21pm Sun 25 May 14

Malcombe says...

Come on Levy get some more Managers on your list, get moving don't waste any time now to do your sly stab in the back, get your Agent's feelers out to try and convince 1 of 2 other successful Managers to join Tottenham you must convince 1 of them they will be much better off, Ancelloti has proved he can do it in the Premiership, Simeone plays in the style that MoPo does with Southampton so surely you are spoilt for choice that means MoPo will definitely be at Southampton next season which I believe he will because he will know by now the track record of Levy.
MoPo has probably spoken to Nicola to find out more (if MoPo and Nicola are really good friends they do not stop talking, Nicola said he should stay and has probably said this to his good friend) Soon (Pronto in Spanish) all the hype by the Rumourmongers will be back in the Sewage where it all began, nothing better than to recycle
Come on Levy get some more Managers on your list, get moving don't waste any time now to do your sly stab in the back, get your Agent's feelers out to try and convince 1 of 2 other successful Managers to join Tottenham you must convince 1 of them they will be much better off, Ancelloti has proved he can do it in the Premiership, Simeone plays in the style that MoPo does with Southampton so surely you are spoilt for choice that means MoPo will definitely be at Southampton next season which I believe he will because he will know by now the track record of Levy. MoPo has probably spoken to Nicola to find out more (if MoPo and Nicola are really good friends they do not stop talking, Nicola said he should stay and has probably said this to his good friend) Soon (Pronto in Spanish) all the hype by the Rumourmongers will be back in the Sewage where it all began, nothing better than to recycle Malcombe
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2:33pm Sun 25 May 14

Blackknight says...

According to the Mirror Saints flogged Bale to Spurs in 2007 for £5million they included a clump of add-ons related to future achievements - thought to potentially total another £5m - PLUS a sell-on clause.

That entitled Southampton to somewhere between 10 and 25 per cent of any future transfer fee when Bale left White Hart Lane.

It could have meant as much as £21million to Southampton when Real Madrid to handed Spurs £85m for Bale. However shortly after selling Bale, to Spurs the Saints were short of cash and in 2008 took the decision to let Tottenham buy themselves out of elements of the original Bale add-ons, and that included the sell-on clause. Southampton supposedly received a sum of between £2-3m plus goalkeeper Tommy Forecast in return for their stake in Bale.

Lets just hope that if the current board sell and of our existing stars they are a lot less naïve.
According to the Mirror Saints flogged Bale to Spurs in 2007 for £5million they included a clump of add-ons related to future achievements - thought to potentially total another £5m - PLUS a sell-on clause. That entitled Southampton to somewhere between 10 and 25 per cent of any future transfer fee when Bale left White Hart Lane. It could have meant as much as £21million to Southampton when Real Madrid to handed Spurs £85m for Bale. However shortly after selling Bale, to Spurs the Saints were short of cash and in 2008 took the decision to let Tottenham buy themselves out of elements of the original Bale add-ons, and that included the sell-on clause. Southampton supposedly received a sum of between £2-3m plus goalkeeper Tommy Forecast in return for their stake in Bale. Lets just hope that if the current board sell and of our existing stars they are a lot less naïve. Blackknight
  • Score: 5

5:36pm Sun 25 May 14

NC Fan4Life says...

Blackknight wrote:
According to the Mirror Saints flogged Bale to Spurs in 2007 for £5million they included a clump of add-ons related to future achievements - thought to potentially total another £5m - PLUS a sell-on clause.

That entitled Southampton to somewhere between 10 and 25 per cent of any future transfer fee when Bale left White Hart Lane.

It could have meant as much as £21million to Southampton when Real Madrid to handed Spurs £85m for Bale. However shortly after selling Bale, to Spurs the Saints were short of cash and in 2008 took the decision to let Tottenham buy themselves out of elements of the original Bale add-ons, and that included the sell-on clause. Southampton supposedly received a sum of between £2-3m plus goalkeeper Tommy Forecast in return for their stake in Bale.

Lets just hope that if the current board sell and of our existing stars they are a lot less naïve.
Agree Blackknight, so all the more reason that if we sell and I hope not then not to do so too cheaply. Ads & Luke are worth at least double what is currently been reported and we would want at least 20% sell on fee especially as we loose a large % to Bournemouth.
Best not to sell certainly not for the next season or two anyway.

Les & Ralph get MoPo's extended contract signed up any work bringing in the transfer targets. This would settle the players down & get them to stay.
[quote][p][bold]Blackknight[/bold] wrote: According to the Mirror Saints flogged Bale to Spurs in 2007 for £5million they included a clump of add-ons related to future achievements - thought to potentially total another £5m - PLUS a sell-on clause. That entitled Southampton to somewhere between 10 and 25 per cent of any future transfer fee when Bale left White Hart Lane. It could have meant as much as £21million to Southampton when Real Madrid to handed Spurs £85m for Bale. However shortly after selling Bale, to Spurs the Saints were short of cash and in 2008 took the decision to let Tottenham buy themselves out of elements of the original Bale add-ons, and that included the sell-on clause. Southampton supposedly received a sum of between £2-3m plus goalkeeper Tommy Forecast in return for their stake in Bale. Lets just hope that if the current board sell and of our existing stars they are a lot less naïve.[/p][/quote]Agree Blackknight, so all the more reason that if we sell and I hope not then not to do so too cheaply. Ads & Luke are worth at least double what is currently been reported and we would want at least 20% sell on fee especially as we loose a large % to Bournemouth. Best not to sell certainly not for the next season or two anyway. Les & Ralph get MoPo's extended contract signed up any work bringing in the transfer targets. This would settle the players down & get them to stay. NC Fan4Life
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