Craig Bellamy sends warning to Liverpool FC about Real Madrid

James wary of Real's Champions League 'chip'

The young playmaker made a decisive contribution last night as his Real Madrid side remained in contention for second place with a 2-1 win over Malaga, his former club.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Raphael Varane were also spared the trip to La Rosaleda.

Real Madrid, who are eyeing an unprecedented three Champions League titles on the bounce, were given more than a fright by Italian giants Juventus in the return leg of their quarterfinals at the Santiago Bernabeu.

One thing that clubs seem to have learned after last summer is that release clauses, no matter how ridiculously high, aren't a definitive assurance of players being safe at a club.

"Obviously somebody will have to buy Bale but I don't think it will be Spurs; it doesn't make sense for him to go back and it would cost Spurs too much to bring him back".


"You only have to compare their expenditure to the highest in the Premier League to see they don't have the kind of money it would take to sign Bale".

He has also scored 30 Premier League goals in 32 matches this term - one more than the number he recorded in 65 games while at AS Roma. "It will always be the case that some players are in better form than others".

"We are not anxious, we know the quality he has", Zidane said. He has to keep working.

Real are chasing an unprecedented third consecutive Champions League crown and Bayern's hopes of stopping them have been dented by an injury to key midfielder, Arturo Vidal.

"Vidal is an important player but nothing will change", Zidane said.

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