Gareth Bale

Real Madrid transfer news: Gareth Bale could be set to quit the Bernabeu

Real smashed the transfer record to sign Bale in 2013 and he has helped them win four Champions League titles.

The last of them came against Liverpool in May when he came off the bench and scored twice – including a stunning overhead kick – in a 3-1 win.

After the game Bale admitted he could now leave the club after being frustrated with a lack of regular minutes as a starter at the Bernabeu.

It’s the first time Bale has publicly put doubt on his future and Sheth thinks that’s a telling sign.

Real Madrid transfer news: Gareth Bale has won four Champions League titles

“I don’t know if he will stay. It’s very out of character for Gareth Bale to come out after a massive game like the Champions League final to talk about his future,” Sheth told the Transfer Talk podcast.

“We should have been talking about his overhead kick against Liverpool, one of the greatest goals in Champions League history, and we’re actually talking about whether he’s staying at Real Madrid or not.

“Every year Bale has been at Real Madrid, there’s always been rumours about him leaving. Every time he’s said ‘I’m happy, I’m staying at Real Madrid’.

“This is the first time him and his agent have questioned his future. That says something to me.”

Ashley Williams

Williams posted a picture of himself in a Beverly Hills hospital on Facebook

Captain Ashley Williams has revealed he suffered a punctured lung which then collapsed during Wales’ goalless draw with Mexico on Tuesday.

Williams, 33, also suffered “multiple breaks” on two ribs after colliding with Javier Hernandez and was substituted after just 20 minutes.

It was the Everton defender’s first match in almost three months.

“Look forward to flying home and resting up now before the new season,” Williams wrote on Facebook.

“[A] crazy couple of weeks. Great to be back in a FA Wales shirt and with the lads.

“However after coming off after 20 minutes with multiple breaks on two ribs, I went to hospital and found out I had punctured my left lung which led to it collapsing.”

Aaron Ramsey

Arsenal need to keep hold of Aaron Ramsey, and it sounds like Unai Emery is just the guy to do that, if reports are to be believed.

Arsenal have a lot of moving pieces this summer, which can be a bit of a dicey situation for a manager, especially given that their transfer budget is only supposed to be in the £50m range, which is less than a realistic amount to enact the changes needed.

Which can mean one of two things – either sell the hell out of the team and use that money to reinvest, or try to keep hold of those necessary pieces and trust in what they can do.

Better yet – how about a middle ground of keeping anyone that you can’t get top value for and sell the rest?

Whatever the case, Aaron Ramsey is someone you want to keep hold of. Not least of all because this Arsenal midfield has a thinning stock of players that may thin more in the coming weeks, depending on the Jack Wilshere situation.

Maintaining hold of Ramsey is a crucial piece of the success of this club and Unai Emery has, reportedly, pinpointed Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as his two cornerstones to build his new club around.

Which is rather astute of Emery, I’d say and, similarly, it is very astute of the Gunners, assuming that they saw another side-perk of Emery being that he was going to invest more in Ramsey which would, in turn, give him an added reason to stay.

There is plenty of talk about who the next captain should be, and if Emery is serious about retaining one of his cornerstones and prolonging his contract through the new manager’s stay, then handing Ramsey the captaincy is one hell of a way to do it.

It makes a lot of sense, honestly. You get a manager who wants to build around a guy that you are really intent on keeping around for the long haul. It’s just another piece of the puzzle fitting together all at once.

I’d like to think this is all a part of the Aaron Ramsey retention plan, because Lord knows we need one, and we need a manager to hold that plan together.

Worst case, this doesn’t hurt Ramsey’s potential to stay at the club. He knows his value with the club and having a manager that understands it even moreso can only mean good things.