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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.

Perez has total confidence in Ancelotti at Real

Ancelotti's Real progressed despite a home defeat to Schalke. Credit: PA

Carlo Ancelotti's job will not be under threat even if Real Madrid lose at Barcelona on March 22, club president Florentino Perez said on Thursday.

Media reports in Spain had speculated that the Italian manager would be sacked if Real's upcoming match at the Nou Camp goes badly.

"Some reports have emerged that have nothing to do with reality and only contribute to create a lot of pressure on our coach and our players," Perez told the Spanish media during a press conference at the Bernabeu stadium.

"We are our biggest critics but we cannot allow for some to take advantage of a drop in form to give information that does not correspond with the truth.

"I want to express my full confidence in Carlo Ancelotti. Whatever happens in the next few weeks, Carlo Ancelotti will continue to be coach of Real Madrid."

Doubts over Ancelotti's future at the club have arisen after Tuesday's 4-3 home defeat to Schalke in the Champions League.

"We have the best coach and the best players that we could have at this club and we are proud of them," Perez said. "They have won what the Madrid fans had waited for, for a long time.

"They have won everything playing wonderful football until two months ago, for many the best football in the club's history."

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Real Madrid lose to Athletic Bilbao

Ronaldo and co were beaten. Credit: Reuters

Real Madrid suffered a huge blow to their Primera Division title bid as they were beaten 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao thanks to a first-half header by Aritz Aduriz.

The European champions lacked their usual intensity and attacking flair, above all in the first half, and drop points for the second match running, following last weekend's 1-1 draw with Villarreal.

They will surrender top spot to archrivals Barcelona if the Catalans beat Rayo Vallecano at home on Sunday.

Real Madrid send scouts to watch Spurs striker Kane

Harry Kane has now scored 22 goals in all competitions this season. Credit: PA

Real Madrid have scouted prolific Spurs striker Harry Kane on three occasions this season, reports the London Evening Standard.

The Spanish giants would have been impressed with what they saw from Kane after his double earned Tottenham a 2-1 north London derby win over Arsenal at White Hart Lane.

The striker tapped home the equaliser before netting an 86th-minute winner with a superb header as Spurs fought back from conceding an early opener to Mesut Ozil.

Kane has just penned a new five-and-a-half-year deal with Spurs but when Real Madrid come calling, they often get their man.

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