Paris Saint-Germain reportedly have no interest in listening to offers for star Kylian Mbappe.

Mbappe, 21, has repeatedly been linked to Real Madrid, rumours which only intensified after the forward was involved in a bust-up with coach Thomas Tuchel.

But PSG are prepared to make the France international see out his contract, rather than lose one of their star players.

 

TOP STORY – PSG STANDING FIRM OVER MBAPPE AMID MADRID LINKS

PSG will not listen to offers for Mbappe amid links to Real Madrid, according to Marca.

Mbappe is contracted in Paris until 2022 and the Ligue 1 giants are willing to make him see out his deal.

PSG have also tried to extend Mbappe's contract, moves which are set to continue despite his seeming unhappiness at the club.

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- With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under some pressure at Old Trafford, Mauricio Pochettino has not given up on becoming Manchester United manager ahead of next season, according to the Mirror.

- While Pochettino may arrive, Paul Pogba seems likely to leave United. Tuttosport reports the midfielder and Juventus attacker Paulo Dybala dream of playing together again, with Pogba perhaps set for a return to Turin. Dybala is in contract talks with Juventus with his deal expiring in 2022.

- Jack Grealish seems to know where he wants to be. Goal reports the midfielder is ready to join Manchester United from Aston Villa, although no formal talks have taken place. The Sun says Grealish prefers Manchester United over other clubs, while the Mirror reports Manchester City have joined the race for the Englishman.

- With Luis Suarez set to miss most of the rest of the season due to injury, Barcelona are eyeing a move for … Luis Suarez. El Larguero reports Barcelona have made contact with Real Zaragoza over the forward, who is on loan from Watford. Suarez has scored 14 goals in the Segunda Division this season.

- On loan at Newcastle United from Tottenham, Danny Rose will be watched by Paris Saint-Germain ahead of a possible move at the end of the season, according to The Sun.

Premier League clubs are queuing up to sign Jadon Sancho.

But, Borussia Dortmund will not be rushed in parting with the England teenager.

Dortmund are reportedly determined to make the most of a strong Euro 2020 for the 19-year-old.

 

TOP STORY – DORTMUND WON'T RUSH SANCHO SALE

Borussia Dortmund will take their time over selling in-demand star Jadon Sancho amid links to Manchester United and Chelsea, reports 90min.

Sancho is a player in demand, with Premier League giants United and Chelsea interested in luring the 19-year-old back to England.

Bundesliga outfit Dortmund, however, are keen to maximise Sancho's transfer value after Euro 2020.

 

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- Barcelona captain Lionel Messi wants to stay at Camp Nu despite his public row with sporting director Eric Abidal, according to Sky Sports News. Amid uncertainty over Messi's future with his contract due to expire in 2021, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner had been linked to Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Inter and United.

- Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane is unhappy with Gareth Bale's training, reports Marca. Bale – who was linked with a return to former club Tottenham during the January transfer window – and his intensity at training has reportedly angered Zidane.

- Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose is Barcelona's main target, says Marca. With Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele injured, LaLiga champions Barca are hoping to be granted permission to sign a Spain-based player to fill the void.

- Il Mattino claims United are at the front of the que to sign Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly. The defender has also been linked to Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and City.

Juventus are rushing to make a move for United star Paul Pogba, says Tuttosport. United are reportedly resigned to Pogba leaving and former club Juve are keen to bring the Frenchman back to Turin as Madrid also circle.

Tottenham striker Troy Parrott has signed a new contract with the Premier League club.

The 18-year-old, who had entered the final 18 months of his deal, has now committed his future to Spurs until 2023.

Parrott has made two senior appearances for Spurs since progressing through the academy, with his Premier League debut coming against Burnley in December.

The Republic of Ireland international was linked with a move away from north London during the January transfer window, with Charlton Athletic and ADO Den Haag reportedly having shown interest in taking the forward on loan.

However, Spurs were reportedly eager to keep him so he could qualify for the Champions League B list as a homegrown player - something he achieved when he turned 18, having joined Spurs from Belvedere on his 16th birthday.

With Harry Kane set to miss most of the rest of the season with a hamstring injury, Parrott had been tipped to break into Jose Mourinho's first-team plans, although the Spurs boss said last month that he did not think the player was ready for such responsibility.

"I think he has potential," said Mourinho. "I think he needs to work a lot. He has a process to go through, a process that probably [Japhet] Tanganga had. One thing is 17 and another thing is 20. We are speaking about three years of distance and three years.

"Okay, in Tanganga's case it was three years without a Premier League match, but it was three years of working and playing, playing in his age groups, playing in the England [youth] national team, which also gave him some experience. Then with me it was just the last part of his preparation before he had his first opportunity.

"I think Troy has to go through a process. Can he have minutes? Yes, he can have minutes. I'm not saying he's not able to have minutes but, to put on his shoulders the responsibility of replacing somebody to be replaced, I don't think he's ready at all."

A return to Barcelona could be on the cards for Adama Traore.

Wolves star Traore has taken the Premier League and Europe by storm with his performances this season.

Barcelona's LaLiga rivals Real Madrid are also reportedly interested.

 

TOP STORY – BARCA AND MADRID EYE TRAORE

Barcelona are plotting a move to bring Wolves star Adama Traore back to Camp Nou, according to the Daily Mail.

LaLiga rivals Real Madrid are also interested in Spanish winger Traore, who left Barca in 2015.

Wolves are set to command a big transfer fee for Traore amid links to Manchester City and Liverpool, having signed the 24-year-old from Middlesbrough two years ago.

 

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- Gazzetta dello Sport claims Manchester United are interested in trying to prise Lionel Messi from Barcelona. There are doubts over Messi's future following his row with sporting director Eric Abidal. City, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter and Juventus have also been mentioned as possible destinations for the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

United have given the green light to sell Paul Pogba, says The Sun. Linked to Madrid and Juventus, the Red Devils are ready to part with Pogba for £150million.

Juventus and Paulo Dybala are working on a contract extension, reports Tuttosport. Tied to Juve until 2022, the Serie A champions want to keep the in-form attacker until 2025.

- L'Equipe reports Thiago Silva wants to stay at PSG but the Ligue 1 champions want to offload the 35-year-old defender in an attempt to free up some of the wage budget.

United have been turned off by Lautaro Martinez's £94m (€110.7m) release clause, according to The Times. The Inter striker has been heavily linked to Barca as a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez.

- The Telegraph says Leicester City are leading the race to sign Liverpool's Adam Lallana, who is out of contract at the end of the season. Tottenham, Arsenal and West Ham have also reportedly been tracking the England midfielder.

- According to Fotomac, Galatasaray striker Radamel Falcao is wanted by Saudi Arabian giants Al Hilal. Falcao only moved to Istanbul at the start of the season.

Jose Mourinho explained his selection issues for the FA Cup replay against Southampton by comparing his situation at Tottenham to "playing a game of chess without any pieces".

Spurs rallied to beat Southampton 3-2 in Wednesday's FA Cup fourth-round tie thanks to two goals in the final 12 minutes at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Lucas Moura struck to bring the home team level before a Son Heung-min penalty booked a clash with Norwich City in the last 16.

Tottenham were without Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko, Ben Davies, Giovani Lo Celso and Erik Lamela through injury, while new signing Steven Bergwijn was ineligible.

Dele Alli was only fit enough to start on the bench, meanwhile, and Mourinho used an odd analogy to highlight problems he is facing.

"I had to manage this chess game without pieces," he said at his post-match news conference. "You know - no bishops, no kings, no queens. Very, very hard with so many injuries and problems. No Bergwijn.

"I cannot speak about the progress I want to make because I don't have the players I want. And the team needs players to progress, collectively, tactically and dynamically. We need to have the players but we don’t have the players.

"We lose so many. Sissoko, Harry, and today Lamela, Lo Celso and Bergwijn. It is so difficult.

"One game we have players A, B and C out and then the next game we are without D, E and F. It’s been a very difficult season.

"Everything was like when you pull a blanket up and your feet are left out and then you cover your feet but half of your body is out. That's us. But amazing spirit, and that is something I like."

Ralph Hasenhuttl revealed the injury suffered by James Ward-Prowse was "not that bad" after the midfielder was carried off on a stretcher during Southampton's FA Cup defeat to Tottenham.

Ward-Prowse hurt his knee in the first half of Wednesday's fourth-round replay when attempting to block Ryan Sessegnon's clearance.

There were fears the England international, who was given oxygen while undergoing treatment on the field, may have sustained serious damage, but Hasenhuttl had positive news on the midfielder after the game.

"I think it is not that bad," the Southampton told BBC Sport. "I think it is only a cut on the knee. That is a positive message for me.

"It's a deep cut on the knee and you could see the bone. It will take a bit of time to heal but if it was a ligament injury it would be more of a problem for us."

Strikes from Shane Long and Danny Ings gave Southampton a 2-1 lead with 72 minutes played, the visitors having fallen behind in the first half following an unfortunate own goal by Jack Stephens.

But a Lucas Moura equaliser and a late penalty from Son Heung-min sent Tottenham - who boss Jose Mourinho admitted were second best during the game – through to the fifth round of the competition.

"The last 15 minutes we didn't defend like we had to," Hasenhuttl said after the 3-2 loss. "It doesn't count - we had 30 minutes of the second half perfect.

"We were not defending like we wanted to for the second goal and the third goal was too easy, they ran through our midfield like there was nobody [there].

"In the FA Cup it is not about being the better team - it is a game of results and [Mourinho] got the result and we didn't. After a very busy period we now have time to recover."

Jose Mourinho insists Tottenham deserved their 3-2 win over Southampton in Wednesday's FA Cup fourth-round replay, despite being second best in a see-saw game.

Spurs found themselves 2-1 behind with 18 minutes remaining at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after Shane Long and Danny Ings struck following Jack Stephens' early own goal.

However, Lucas Moura swept in from 18 yards to equalise and, after being fouled by visiting goalkeeper Angus Gunn, Son Heung-min converted from the penalty spot in the 87th minute.

Tottenham will now face another Premier League side in Norwich City in the next round, but Mourinho conceded his side had been a little fortunate to progress.

"I have to be honest and say I think the best team lost on the pitch, but my team were the ones with more heart and went to their limit," he told BT Sport.

"There are so many difficulties to build a team - the options were not options to change the game. My team deserved to win - but the best team lost."

Mourinho sent on Dele Alli for Tanguy Ndombele and the England midfielder played a key part in Tottenham's late comeback, setting up Lucas to make it 2-2.

"From the intensity level and freshness, they were much stronger than us. We tried to organise the team with the players available," Mourinho said.

"They controlled us well. Dele changed the game after we switched to a back four. We had a link with Dele Alli - it was like trying to build a puzzle with a few pieces short."

Jan Vertonghen was the first player to be taken off by Mourinho, however, as Gedson Fernandes came on, leading to a change in formation.

"It's hard to sub players during the game," Mourinho said of his decision to take off Vertonghen.

"We were not controlling the game in a back five so had to change and he was the one to come out - that's football.

"Some players react in a negative way, but Jan acted like the professional that he is."

Tottenham now have a welcome break before their next match - a Premier League trip to Aston Villa on February 16.

Son Heung-min scored a late penalty as Tottenham produced a late rally to beat Southampton 3-2 in Wednesday's FA Cup fourth-round replay.

Spurs were pegged back by Sofiane Boufal's strike in a 1-1 draw at St Mary's in the first meeting and looked set to be knocked out of the competition when they trailed 2-1 in the return game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Tanguy Ndombele's shot deflected in off Jack Stephens to give the hosts the lead against the run of play, but Shane Long profited from some poor Hugo Lloris goalkeeping to level before the break.

Danny Ings then put Southampton in front 18 minutes from time, only for Lucas Moura to fire in an equaliser and Son to convert from the spot after he was fouled by Angus Gunn, setting up a home tie with Norwich City in the next round.

Serie A strikers Romelu Lukaku and Ciro Immobile lead the line in FIFA Ultimate Team's latest Team of the Week.

Lukaku and Immobile are two of the form front men in European football, and the duo have earned recognition following their latest goalscoring exploits.

Inter striker Lukaku grabbed both goals in a 2-0 away win at Udinese on Sunday.

And Immobile matched that haul as Lazio thrashed SPAL 5-1, the Italy international's brace taking his 2019-20 league tally to 25 already.

The duo are far from the only big names in this week's selection, however, with Roberto Firmino, Jadon Sancho and Hugo Lloris also among the new in-form cards.

Find the full squad below.

TEAM OF THE WEEK

GK: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) - 89

CB: Matthijs de Ligt (Piemonte Calcio/Juventus) - 87

LB: Alex Telles (Porto) - 87

CB: Yerry Mina (Everton) - 84

CM: Daniel Parejo (Valencia) - 88

RM: Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain) - 88

CAM: Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) - 87

CM: Santi Cazorla (Villarreal) - 86

CF: Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) - 88

ST: Ciro Immobile (Lazio) - 90

ST: Romelu Lukaku (Inter) - 88

SUBSTITUTES

GK: Steve Mandanda (Marseille) - 83

CB: Kaan Ayhan (Fortuna Dusseldorf) - 81

RM: Robert Snodgrass (West Ham) - 81

ST: Francesco Caputo (Sassuolo) - 84

RW: Daniel Ginczek (Wolfsburg) - 82

ST: Kasper Dolberg (Nice) - 81

LW: Oussama Idrissi (AZ) - 81

RESERVES

CM: Alexandru Maxim (Gaziantep) - 79

CM: Alexandru Cicaldau (Universitatea Craiova) - 78

LM: Ahmet Engin (Duisburg) - 76

LM: Nathan Thomas (Carlisle United) - 74

LW: Said Benrahma (Brentford) - 80

Christian Eriksen felt like "the black sheep" during his final months at Tottenham after admitting he wanted to leave.

Eriksen spoke of his desire for a new challenge last June but did not get his wish until the January transfer window when, with just five months remaining on his contract, he moved to Inter for £16.9million.

The intervening period saw Spurs struggle to match the progress of previous seasons, culminating in the sacking of manager Mauricio Pochettino in November.

Eriksen believes he was an easy target for frustrated supporters mystified at the club's poor form and says he paid the price for his honesty.

The Denmark midfielder told the BBC: "If you have a short contract, you will be the black sheep.

"Of course, I did the interview. I was very honest. I felt I had to be honest. I didn't want to hide like a lot of players do. Everyone is different. I was honest. I wanted to say it out loud.

"I did get the blame for a lot of stuff, for being the bad guy. I read I was the bad person in the changing room, that ever since I said I wanted to leave, it was no good me being there.

"To be honest, over the last few years, if anything came up, any player would think about leaving but I was the guy who said it publicly."

Pochettino was replaced by Jose Mourinho, who used Eriksen sparingly, although the former Ajax man can understand why.

He added: "I think Mourinho did well. He could have said 'he wants to leave, so he is not going to play any more'. He didn't do that.

"After I told him where my feelings were and what I would like to do, he told me just to be happy and if I was needed I would play.

"I was needed in a few games where I did make a difference. It was more as an extra rather than in the starting XI of course."

Eriksen had been regularly linked with Manchester United and, although talks were held with the Old Trafford club, he is happy with his decision to join Antonio Conte's Inter.

"We did speak to them [United], of course, and we did hear what was possible and what wasn't possible. But, in the end, me personally, I wanted a new challenge. To stay in the Premier League would have been an easy solution," he said.

"Of course, staying at Tottenham would also have been a solution but, for me, it just came down to wanting to try a new challenge in a new country. Once Inter came up it really wasn't a difficult choice.

"In my head and for my body, it is good that I am in a new place and I can start again."

Jose Mourinho believes Harry Kane will not return to action for Tottenham until at least May, in a blow for both club and country.

Spurs striker Kane sustained a hamstring injury on New Year's Day in a defeat to Southampton and has been out of action since, having undergone surgery.

Initially, it was expected Kane would be out until April and the 26-year-old has already begun his rehabilitation process.

However, Mourinho has cast doubt on that prognosis, revealing he does not expect England captain Kane to be able to play again until at least May 9-10, with Spurs scheduled to face Leicester City in their penultimate match of the season, with Crystal Palace their final league opponents on May 17.

"The Leicester match," said Mourinho, whose side face Southampton in an FA Cup replay on Wednesday, when he was asked about Kane's return.

"Maybe we need that match for something. To be fourth, to be fifth, to be sixth. Maybe he can help us in this match. I hope. Is that the best-case scenario at the moment? Yes, I think so."

If Mourinho's prediction proves correct, it means Kane will only be able to play in two league fixtures prior to joining up with Gareth Southgate's England squad for Euro 2020.

England are in action in two warm-up fixtures in early June - against Austria and Romania respectively - before facing Croatia in their opening Euro 2020 fixture on June 14.

The national team's issues are of little concern to Mourinho, however.

"It's a problem for [Gareth] Southgate and for [the England assistant manager] Steve Holland, not for me," he added. "How would I feel if I were England manager? I don't know. I'm not."

Dele Alli is "lucky" to be in contention to face Southampton in the FA Cup after escaping serious injury when caught by Raheem Sterling in Sunday's 2-0 win over Manchester City, according to Jose Mourinho.

Sterling made firm contact with Alli's ankle in the first half and appeared fortunate to avoid a red card for the mistimed tackle, with Mourinho's frustration evident after the match.

It was one of several refereeing decisions to grate on Mourinho during the gripping encounter, with the use of VAR once again at the centre of post-match discussions.

Alli eventually came off 20 minutes from time and there were worries that the effects of Sterling's challenge might rule the attacking midfielder out of action.

But Mourinho confirmed Alli could face Southampton on Wednesday, convinced the England international is fortunate to have not suffered serious damage.

"No, it's not as bad [as we first thought]," Mourinho told reporters. "So, there is a chance of him playing tomorrow [Wednesday], let's wait and see.

"It's just a question of being a little bit lucky, or unlucky. You need a little bit of luck. Dele Alli was very lucky.

"Did Sterling want to injure him? I don't think so, I don't believe that he wanted [to hurt Alli]. So, respect to Sterling, I have no problem at all.

"But the intention does not count. What counts is the action. It is a red card."

Mourinho was particularly animated on the touchline against City, with footage of one action going viral on social media – the clip showing him sprinting to the fourth official to complain about a decision in the aftermath of Hugo Lloris' penalty save.

The Portuguese coach accepts he may have gone too far with his reaction, but explained his frustration stemmed from what he feels is a misuse of VAR.

"[I went viral] in a funny way, but not in a good way, but I say in a funny way," he said.

"I think the fact that now it is allowed to have the screen in front of us... I think it's not good for the emotions, for our emotions, because we watch and we watch exactly the same as the VAR [official] is watching, decisions the referees don't see as well as we do.

"That's because the referees, they are on the pitch and, as I was saying the other day, it is 200 miles per hour and very difficult for them, and sometimes they don't see things the same way we do.

"In 2004-05, I remember I tried to go with a screen to the bench and I was forbidden by the rules, and in this moment now you are allowed.

"So, I don't think it's good for the emotions. My reaction was just based on being able to watch everything on the screen, so I watched the Dele Alli situation, I watched the penalty, the pretend penalty – I watched everything, so that creates emotions, but okay, I went viral for the wrong reasons."

Jose Mourinho says he has not yet had chance to personally inform Victor Wanyama he is not part of Tottenham's Champions League squad.

Tottenham named their 30-man group for the knockout rounds of the competition on Tuesday, including eight 'locally trained players', with Wanyama - strongly linked with an exit in January - the most notable absentee.

Mourinho named three senior goalkeepers in his squad for the last-16 tie against RB Leipzig, with captain Hugo Lloris back involved after recovering from an elbow injury to join Michel Vorm and Paulo Gazzaniga.

Wanyama has not played since the 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich on December 11 and Mourinho has indicated the Kenya midfielder is not part of his future plans.

"I feel safer by having Michel on the list," he said at a news conference ahead of Wednesday's FA Cup fourth-round replay with Southampton.

"I don't want the risk of losing Paulo or Hugo. Victor is from a position where we have lots of players - [Harry] Winks, [Eric] Dier, [Oliver] Skipp, Gedson [Fernandes]."

Asked how Wanyama took the decision, Mourinho replied: "He's been ill for three days. I haven't seen him and I didn't have the chance to tell him. When he is back, I will try to explain."

Gedson Fernandes and Steven Bergwijn arrived at Tottenham last month to bolster Spurs' squad and the latter was on target on debut in Sunday's 2-0 win over Manchester City.

Mourinho declared himself pleased with his side's business, despite losing Christian Eriksen to Inter in a protracted transfer that finally came to an end last week.

"We got a very good player in Steven and a good kid with good potential to develop in Gedson," he said. "I would say we also lost a fantastic player, because people cannot judge Christian for the last season alone.

"He has to be judged for six seasons where he showed at the club and the Premier League his top quality.

"We found our balance there, lost a fantastic midfield player, got a very exciting attacking winger and a young boy in midfielder who can give us solutions."

Tottenham remain without injured midfielder Moussa Sissoko and top scorer Harry Kane, who is expected to face at least another two months on the sidelines. 

"Without injuries, I would say 'yes, good window'. One player who gave six years is leaving but an incredible, exciting prospect is coming," Mourinho said.

"I would say, 'Very very good', but we had these problems with important injuries and of course our squad in this moment is not as good as it can be. When our injured players are back, of course it will be much better."

Mourinho's men moved to within four points of the top four with their victory against City and the Portuguese talked up the togetherness of his squad.

"We do our best, we try our best," he said. "Independent of any analysis anyone can do about our last matches, one thing is clear in the eyes of everybody - the group is together, the players are fantastic, they fight for each other and the club. 

"In difficult circumstances, we're a difficult team to play against and in difficult circumstances we're always giving opponents a difficult match."

Son Heung-min has urged Tottenham to be relentless in their pursuit of Chelsea in the battle for a top-four Premier League finish.

South Korea international Son was on target as Spurs made the most of Manchester City's profligacy in a 2-0 triumph at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho's side are now unbeaten in three in the league having lost back-to-back top-flight matches prior to that run.

The gap to Chelsea, who are fourth, is now at just four points with the teams set for a potentially crunch clash at Stamford Bridge on February 22.

Son wants Tottenham to show no let-up in their remaining matches.

"We have over 10 games now," he said. "We have a lot of games to play but at the end of the season we will see what happens. 

"We just try to be focused. We just try to get as many points as possible.

"Manchester City are so good and played so well in the first half. We had to defend all together but in the second half we came out strong.

"To win before the winter break was very good for our confidence. The fans were so happy and the players as well after the game so it was an important one to win."

Son scored Spurs' second against City after Steven Bergwijn netted the opener on his Tottenham debut.

"Steven scored an amazing goal and did a good job. It was emotional because it was his first goal," Son added.

"I'm so happy for Steve to score on his debut. It was well deserved and with the emotion he showed it looked great."

There was "no chance" of Gareth Bale joining Tottenham in the January transfer window, according to his agent Jonathan Barnett, who does not think his client will ever return to the north London club.

Bale has been a peripheral figure under Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane in recent weeks and was not included in the matchday squad for the weekend derby win over Atletico Madrid.

His omission came a day after the transfer window closed with the Welshman still at the Santiago Bernabeu, quashing talk of a move back to Spurs.

Asked if Jose Mourinho's men were ever an option, Barnett told talkSPORT: "No.

"Gareth still believes there is a future for him at Real Madrid.

"He has two and a half years left on his contract, he has a wife and three children who are very happy and settled. Fortunately, he can pick and choose where he plays.

"And let's be realistic, for most clubs he's out of their league, financially. It's easy for people to say 'give up the money and play somewhere else' but it's not always about money. He's happy in Madrid and his kids have grown up there, his family are settled."

On whether a move back to Spurs may be an option in 2022, Barnett added: "I don't think so, no.

"When his contract is up, he will sit down and decide what he wants to do."

Bale's situation continues to create debate with Madrid fans mystified as to why a player for whom the club paid a then-record £85million in 2013 is sidelined at a time when Eden Hazard remains absent through injury.

Barnett added: "A lot has been said by people that don't know what's going on. You get articles, comments from people who have no idea what they are talking about.

"I've had conversations and we've been told that he's still a very important part of Madrid. 

"The only people who know what's going on are Zinedine Zidane, Gareth and probably the president of Madrid and they're all very happy with the situation."

On the criticism Bale gets, Barnett said: "He doesn't read it, most sports people don't read the press. 

"In Madrid a lot of bad journalism takes place, they're very biased, they write whatever they like.

"The fans have booed Zidane, they've booed [Cristiano] Ronaldo and other great players, but Gareth has given the club a lot. As he doesn't do press, he doesn't give a lot of interviews and he's a quiet person he's become a sitting target for them.

"The British press [are no better]. Gareth is probably, if not the number one, one of the top two or three players to have come out of Britain.

"Instead of building him up, all they look for is the bad things."

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