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Gareth Bale out of Wales' World Cup Qualifiers

Gareth Bale has struggled with numerous injuries this season. Credit: PA

Gareth Bale has been ruled out of Wales' final two World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland, Press Association Sport understands.

Bale's fitness has been a source of concern for Wales since he suffered a calf muscle strain against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last week.

The 28-year-old missed Real Madrid's LaLiga clash with Espanyol on Sunday night but reported to the Wales camp the following morning.

Bale attended the FAW Awards on Monday night but will not be fit enough to play in the two qualifiers which will determine Wales' World Cup ambitions.

Reported Man United target agrees new Real Madrid deal

Jose Mourinho has been a long-term admirer of Raphael Varane. Credit: PA

France defender Raphael Varane has agreed a new five-year contract with Real Madrid.

The 24-year-old centre-back, who moved to the Bernabeu from Lens in 2011, has helped Real win LaLiga once and the Champions League three times.

A statement published on Real's official website said Varane's new deal would run until the end of June 2022.

Benzema signs new Real Madrid contract until 2021

29-year-old has put pen to paper on an extended deal to keep him at the Bernabeu until June 2021. Credit: PA

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has agreed a new contract with the LaLiga champions.

The 29-year-old has put pen to paper on an extended deal to keep him at the Bernabeu until June 2021.

Benzema, who had two years remaining on his existing terms, becomes the latest player to prolong his stay with Los Blancos after Isco, Marcelo and Dani Carvajal did so in the past week.

A statement on the club's website read: "Real Madrid C. F. and Karim Benzema have agreed an extension to the player's contract, binding him to the club until 30 June 2021."

Benzema has long been the subject of transfer stories linking him to Arsenal, with a story in the Spanish press this week claiming that Madrid were considering selling the France international to the Gunners.

Benzema joined Madrid from Lyon in 2009 and has won 14 major trophies with the club, including two LaLiga titles, three Champions Leagues and two Copa del Rey crowns.

Guardiola admits Man City star may move to Madrid

Brahim Diaz is highly-rated at Man City. Credit: PA

Pep Guardiola admits Manchester City may not be able to prevent Real Madrid snapping up highly-rated youngster Brahim Diaz.

The 18-year-old Spanish midfielder, who joined the City Academy at the age of 14, is reportedly attracting the interest of the European champions.

Diaz signed a three-year professional contract with City last year and Guardiola feels he is committed to the club, but he is unsure what would happen if Real did make a move.

City lost another of their academy prospects, 17-year-old Jadon Sancho, to Borussia Dortmund in an £8million deal last month.

Manager Guardiola said: "We want him but today the market is the market - the wishes from the clubs, maybe we cannot control it.

"I know - because we spoke with him many times - the commitment from that guy, Brahim, to stay here and play for Manchester City because Manchester City gave him the opportunity to start to compete in the high level. He grew up, his family are happy here, but you never know.

"We are going to try, of course, to hear him but he has to know at Madrid, Dortmund, here, the top level, it is not easy to play.

"In the end it will be decided by his performances on the pitch."

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