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Four Real Madrid first team stars set to miss Atletico tie

Real Madrid are without the injured Gareth Bale. Credit: Reuters

Real Madrid will be without Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Luke Modric and Marcelo for Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Atletico.

The defending champions host neighbours Atletico following last week's goalless draw at the Vicente Calderon knowing that conceding a goal on Wednesday will make their task even more difficult because of the away goals rule.

Even more concerning for Madrid, they have failed to beat Atletico for seven consecutive games and this is something which must change for them to progress unless they win a penalty shootout.

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Bale ruled out of Champions League Madrid derby

Bale is out. Credit: PA

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has a calf injury and will miss this week's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Atletico Madrid, the club said on Monday.

Bale limped off early in Real's 3-1 victory over Malaga in La Liga on Saturday and is expected to be out of action for up to three weeks.

"He has been diagnosed with an injury to the calf muscle of the left leg," Real said in a statement on their website.

Midfielder Luka Modric is also injured and striker Karim Benzema is a fitness doubt for the Atletico game on Wednesday with the tie level at 0-0 from the first leg.

Israel make no tactical plan to stop Bale

Israel manager Eli Guttman says his side have no special plan to stop Gareth Bale at the weekend.

Guttman joked about contacting Bale's Real Madrid team-mate Cristano Ronaldo to ask advice.

Gareth Bale can cause damage. Credit: PA

"We contacted Cristiano exactly how to do it, how to stop Bale," Guttman said at his press conference ahead of Saturday's Group B top-of-the-table clash at the Sammy Ofer Stadium.

"But he didn't answer the call and it is not about one man.

"This is a team game and we do not have enough strong players to kick Bale out.

"We're going to play the game as one unit not to give him space. This is our plan."

Real Madrid ban fans over Bale car attack

Real Madrid have banned three fans over attacking Gareth Bale's car on Monday morning.

The supporters were outside the club's training ground when players left after their defeat to fierce rivals Barcelona.

Gareth Bale is not popular at the moment. Credit: PA

Video was taken on the men shouting abuse and hitting the cars of Bale and his team-mates.

The club have released a statement saying the supporters are currently banned ahead of a disciplinary meeting.

Bale silences critics with brace in Real Madrid win

Gareth Bale netted twice. Credit: Reuters

Gareth Bale was back on the scoresheet as Real Madrid warmed up for next week's vital Clasico with a 2-0 win over Levante.

Bale had come in for more criticism than most from Real supporters following the midweek Champions League second-leg loss to Schalke, but he volleyed home to open the scoring and then deflected Cristiano Ronaldo's shot home just before the break.

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Transfer rumour: Real Madrid star Gareth Bale open to Premier League return

The Sunday Mirror reports that football superstar Gareth Bale is prepared to spend another year at Real Madrid in an effort to try to win over his growing army of critics, but that he would be willing to return to the Premier League if the right offer comes his way.

Gareth Bale's Real Madrid stint is turning sour this season. Credit: Sonia Canada/CORDON/PA

Manchester United appear to be the most likely destination for the 25-year-old Welshman if he departs Real this summer, as seems increasingly likely.

Gareth Bale responds to Man United rumour during Spanish radio interview

Bale wants to remain at Real Madrid. Credit: PA

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is happy at the Bernabeu and has no intention of moving to Manchester United.

Despite playing a significant role in Madrid's long-awaiting tenth European Cup triumph last season there have been rumours that Bale will join United in the summer.

He was criticised by a section of Madrid fans for being greedy on the ball and failing to link up with his team-mates against Valencia this month, but the Welshman revealed that he can't see himself at Old Trafford.

I can't see myself at Manchester United. In an interview recently I was asked if I was happy in Madrid and I said that I was very happy here.

I have a long contract still to go, I am enjoying myself and we are winning trophies. I want to continue doing this at Real Madrid.

– Gareth Bale speaking on Spanish radio
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