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Bale set for Real Madrid return against Espanyol

Gareth Bale is set to make his first appearance since November after Zinedine Zidane announced the Wales international will be in the Real Madrid squad to face Espanyol this weekend.

Bale has been sidelined since undergoing surgery on the ankle tendon damage he suffered during a Champions League match against Sporting Lisbon almost three months ago.

Madrid coach Zidane said last week that he hoped to have Bale available again before the Champions League last-16 second leg against Napoli on March 7, but the 27-year-old forward has already returned to full training and is now set to be involved against Espanyol.

Gareth Bale is back. Credit: PA

Zidane told a pre-match press conference, reported on the club's website: "He will be in the squad and the plan is for him to have some minutes. We're keen and he's keen as well.

"Bale is a very important player for us. We know the quality and speed that he has, and the damage he can cause the opposition.

"He's very happy to return to the team, to be with us, and be able to play again."

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Real Madrid teenager Odegaard heads out on loan

Dutch side Heerenveen have signed Real Madrid wonderkid Martin Odegaard on loan until the summer of 2018.

The teenager made international headlines when he moved to the Spanish giants aged just 16.

Odegaard, now 18, made a number of appearances for Real Madrid's B team and has featured once in the league for the first team, but has failed to oust his more renowned colleagues.

Ramos saves Real Madrid in El Clasico

Real Madrid stalwart Sergio Ramos struck late in El Clasico. Credit: PA

Real Madrid maintained their six-point lead at the top of LaLiga as Sergio Ramos' last-minute header snatched a point in El Clasico against Barcelona.

Barca took the lead through Luis Suarez's 53rd-minute header, and had chances to double their advantage through Neymar and Lionel Messi.

But Luka Modric picked out Ramos with an inswinging free-kick from the left and he headed powerfully past Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to secure a point for the visitors and extend their unbeaten run to 33 matches in all competitions.

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Cristiano Ronaldo set to sign new Real Madrid deal

Cristiano Ronaldo is staying at Real Madrid. Credit: PA

Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed a new five-year contract with Real Madrid which could see him end his career with the Spanish giants.

Real have announced that Ronaldo will formally sign a deal running until June 30, 2021 - by which time he will have turned 36 - at an event alongside club president Florentino Perez on Monday.

"The official event for the renewal of Cristiano Ronaldo's contract will take place tomorrow, Monday 7 November at 1:30pm in the presidential box at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium," the statement read.

"The Portuguese forward will extend his contract until 30 June 2021 at the event attended by club president Florentino Perez and the player himself." News of Ronaldo's contract comes just a week after Real announced a new six-year deal for Gareth Bale.

It has been reported that Ronaldo's new deal will ensure he remains Real's highest-paid player.

Gareth Bale extends Real Madrid contract

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale. Credit: PA

Wales superstar Gareth Bale has signed a Real Madrid contract extension that will keep him at the Bernabeu until June 2022.

Bale joined Real from Tottenham in 2013 for a then-world record fee of £85.3million, signing a six-year contract at the Bernabeu.

He will appear in a press conference on Monday to talk about his fresh commitment to the Spanish giants.

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