Real Madrid open to negotiating with Manchester United over Gareth Bale

The prospect of Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale, back in his homeland's capital to put Juventus to the sword in Saturday's Champions League final, was the ideal script.

Frustratingly for the playmaker, the longer he stayed at Juve, the less likely he became to win the trophy.

This time there's a chance to achieve something yet to be achieved in 25 seasons of the competition.

Last year, when Madrid beat crosstown rival Atletico Madrid in the final in Milan, the club said almost 80,000 fans watched the match at the Bernabeu.

It brings Real's Gareth Bale back to Wales after he helped his country memorably reach the semi-finals of Euro 2016, while 39-year-old Gianluigi Buffon looks to become the oldest Champions League victor with victory tonight. However, despair in 2003 and 2015 Champions League finals keeps him away from one of the most coveted silverware of his career.

No team has ever defended their Champion's League trophy in its current format.

But the classy central midfielder, who now plays in the MLS for New York City, thinks Juventus are now a far stronger team and will beat their Spanish opponents in this year's showpiece final. "But what I would like to insist on, what's important is what he does professionally". I've got back more than I gave. Today I play in NY, so I'll watch once the game has started, but between keeping an eye on my phone and running home, I won't miss it.

I can't do anything about it now.

He also cheered Juve on as they faced Barcelona in the final two years ago - though as a Madridista that would have been a requirement anyway. Ha can see right through Juventus to the prospect of creating a piece of Champions League history. The Turin club has come a long way from their relegation in 2006.

Buffon's lack of success in the Champions League, is however mirrored by his club.

If Real win on Saturday, Zidane will be the first manager to win back to back European Cups since AC Milan's Arrigo Sacchi in 1989 and 1990. If the separating criteria is Champions League titles then he would equal Pep, Jose, Brian Clough, Alex Ferguson, behind only Carlo Ancelotti and Bob Paisley.

Zidane believes it should make for an entertaining encounter.

The Millennium Stadium clash could end with penalties and a report of today's edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (via ilbianconero)reveals which players have been chosen by Allegri and Zidane to have a go from the spot should the game end with a stalemate.

There haven't been many in Europe for some time at Juventus.

Related Articles

  • Trump to pull USA  out of Paris climate accord: Axios

    Trump to pull USA out of Paris climate accord: Axios

    We are committed to a 100 percent renewable energy future and working to reduce our emissions from city facilities and fleets. A White House official said the couple instead attended service at synagogue for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.
    Penguins take two-game lead over Predators in Stanley Cup Final

    Penguins take two-game lead over Predators in Stanley Cup Final

    Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne is under plenty of scrutiny after two games of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final . After a night of hilariously missed calls and increasingly chippy play, Subban and Malkin fought in the third.

    How to watch the Champions League 2017 final for free

    I'd happily say hello to the cup". "There are reasons to be wary of them, but that is true of every team at this level". They've not gone wrong in all the matches that have counted so far this season".
  • Kathy Griffin Fired By CNN After Posting Beheaded Head of Trump

    Kathy Griffin Fired By CNN After Posting Beheaded Head of Trump

    His son, Donald Trump Jr. then added that he believes that CNN , Griffin's employer, should take action. A CNN spokesperson called the photos "disgusting and offensive".
    Children strapped with explosives kill 9 in north Cameroon

    Children strapped with explosives kill 9 in north Cameroon

    The girls are believed to have come from Nigeria, where militants have killed more than 20,000 people over the past eight years. Kolofata has repeatedly been struck in the past, including one attack that killed nine people in September 2015.

    China will take the lead as Trump scores climate change own

    If Trump did not withdraw from the agreement and did not reduce greenhouse gas emissions, there would have been no repercussions. German industry associations warned that Trump's decision would harm the global economy and lead to market distortions.
  • Climate change tops terrorism as US concern

    He also said that the pact puts the United States at the mercy of foreign powers; in fact, the agreement is voluntary. The Paris Agreement was adopted by 196 parties in Paris in 2015 and it went into effect in November a year ago .

    Putin: "Patriotic" Hackers May Have Meddled with US Election

    Earlier, Mr Putin urged US business executives to help improve Russian-US relations, amid continuing Western sanctions. He described the focus on Kislyak's contacts as "catastrophic nonsense".

    Week In Review: Paris Climate Accord, Fentanyl Raid23:40

    On June 2, Mayor Bill Peduto said that he is joining a coalition that intends to uphold the Paris Agreement , called Mayors for 100% Clean Energy .
  • Merkel, minister stress U.S.  ties after critical Trump tweet

    Merkel, minister stress U.S. ties after critical Trump tweet

    Kennedy in Frankfurt, where he told the audience "those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future". They also called for finalisation and adoption of Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, it said .

    Pens' Bonino a GTD for Game 3

    Hopefully we can get on them early.”. "As the playoffs were approaching, we were able to start to utilize more players". Much of the credit goes to Crosby and the rising star status of charismatic Nashville defenceman P.K.

    Sergey Gorkov brushes off questions about meeting with Jared Kushner

    Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. He tweeted Wednesday denouncing the Russian Federation investigation as a " witch hunt ". "Enjoy!" the US president tweets.