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Ferdinand, Lampard, Gerard speak on Zidane’s preference of Benzema over Bale

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Former England internationals, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerard and Rio Ferdinand, have reacted to the benching of Gareth Bale in Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Lampard believes Bale could be on his way out of Real Madrid in the summer transfer window following the statement he is getting from manager Zinedine Zidane lately.

Bale was only handed 45 minutes across the two legs of Real Madrid’s Champions League quarter-final with Juventus and was left frustrated once again last night.

He was an unused substitute as Zidane’s side won the first leg of their semi-final 2-1 at the Allianz Arena.

Speaking on the player’s condition at Santiago Bernabeu, Ferdinand told BT Sport, “One thing we were all talking about here in the studio before the game finished, making those substitutions and Gareth Bale doesn’t get on the pitch is a huge statement.”

Chelsea legend, Lampard believes Zidane’s refusal to bring on Bale at the Allianz Arena could spell the end for the forward at Madrid.

He said, “I think the statement is a good word because sometimes if the club is moving in the one right direction, they keep him on the bench, bringing the young players on, it’s a statement to say in the summer that things are going to change.’

Gerrard noted that even Benzema came on ahead of Bale despite the Frenchman’s woeful season in front of goal.

“Thing is as well, he is bringing Benzema on before him and Benzema is offering zero.”

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PFA team of the year: Liverpool, Man City players dominate list

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English Premier League (EPL) defending champions Manchester City dominated the Professional Footballers’ Association’s (PFA) Team of the Year announced on Thursday, claiming six out of 11 spots.

Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson, forwards Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero, midfielders Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho, and centre back Aymeric Laporte were all named in the side, which also had four players from Liverpool.

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The 2018/2019 EPL leaders are a point ahead of Liverpool in the race for the title, with both teams having three games left to play.

Liverpool dominated the defensive positions with centre back Virgil van Dijk joined by full backs Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold in the side and Sadio Mane named as a forward.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was the only player not from either Manchester City or Liverpool to be named in the team.

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La Liga: Real Madrid releases squad against Getafe

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Real Madrid have released their squad that will tackle Getafe in tonight’s La Liga fixture at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez Stadium.

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane released a list of 19 players through the club’s official Twitter page on Thursday morning.

The Los Blancos head to the game following a 3-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

Below is Real Madrid’s squad against Getafe:

K. Navas, Courtois, Altube, Carvajal, Vallejo, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Reguilon, Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, Asensio, Brahim, Isco, Benzema, Bale, Lucas V.

The kick-off time for the match is 8:30pm

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Herrera, Sanchez, Juan Mata others tipped to leave Manchester United

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Seven players have been tipped to leave Manchester United this summer, according to Manchester Evening News.

The club is expected to have a busy summer transfer window as manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer hopes to rebuild the club.

Solskjaer looks to rejuvenate his squad at Old Trafford to close the gap on rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.

United may also face a battle to retain the services of key players.

Ander Herrera is approaching the end of his contract and the Spaniard is tipped to leave Old Trafford with PSG a possible destination.

Alexis Sanchez is also tipped to leave United this summer, after struggling to find consistency since his arrival from Arsenal in January 2018.

Also Juan Mata, another player approaching the end of his contract, is tipped for an exit.

Here is lists of players tipped to leave Old Trafford:
Ander Herrera, Alexis Sanchez, Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba, David De Gea and Marcus Rashford.

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