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Real Madrid news in brief: Bale, Cristiano, Ceballos, Isco...

Real Madrid news in brief: Bale, Cristiano, Ceballos, Isco...

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The latest round-up features Chris Coleman on Gareth Bale's future, Juve interest in Dani Ceballos, memories of a Clásico win - and more
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Coleman keen for Bale to remain in LaLiga

Wales boss Chris Coleman says that Gareth Bale, who could be on his way out of Real Madrid in the summer over his continued injuries, should play "wherever he's going to be happy" - but admitted he'd like the winger to remain in Spain. "If I'm going to be the Welsh manager for two more years, or four more years, I'd like to see him stay at Real," he explained on Monday. "Okay, he's picked up a lot of injuries but generally the Premier League is much tougher than LaLiga in terms of the physicality."

Real Madrid set sights on derby against Atlético

In Monday's opening training session of the week at Valdebebas, Real Madrid began to step up their preparations for the derby against Atlético Madrid on Saturday. With a raft of first-teamers still away on international duty, Kiko Casilla, Theo Hernández, Dani Carvajal, Marcos Llorente, Lucas Vázquez and Karim Benzema trained alongside members of the Castilla and Under-19s squads.

Cristiano back to work after daughter's birth, Isco given day off

Cristiano Ronaldo did work in the gym at Real's training ground, a day after becoming a father for the fourth time. The striker's girlfriend, Georgina Rodríguez, gave birth to baby daughter Alana Martina on Sunday. Meanwhile, Isco - who is optimistic of facing Atlético despite picking up a knock in Spain's win over Costa Rica on Saturday - had the day off with coach Zinedine Zidane's permission. Bale, Luca Zidane, Keylor Navas and Mateo Kovacic continued their recoveries from injury.

Juventus reportedly eyeing Dani Ceballos loan

Serie A champions Juventus are keen on taking Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos on loan in the January transfer window, according to Tuttosport. The Italian sports daily also claims that AC Milan are keeping tabs on the 21-year-old Spaniard, who moved to the Bernabéu from Real Betis in the summer.

On this day...

On 13 November 1955, Real Madrid earned a dramatic 2-1 LaLiga victory over arch rivals Barcelona, thanks to a late goal by Marquitos - the grandfather of Chelsea's Marcos Alonso. Los Blancos, who went on to finish third in the league, took a first-half lead at the Bernabéu through Héctor Rial, before Eduardo Manchón levelled for Barça with 15 minutes remaining. However, Marquitos's last-gasp header won it for Real.

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