Real Madrid will remain patient with Gareth Bale, says Guillem Balague

3. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp earns £7m a year

Real Madrid midfielder Isco has revealed there was some contact with rivals Barcelona before he signed his new contract with Los Blancos, but he said he never listened to what the Blaugrana had to say.

Isco's previous deal was due to expire next summer but the new contract will keep the Spain global at the Bernabeu stadium until June 2022. He was instrumental in Real winning La Liga and the Champions League trophy.

Marcelo feels Gareth Bale needs to feel happier off the pitch if he is to succeed with Real Madrid.

Bale has scored on each of his three visits to Real Sociedad since joining Madrid, all wins for his side, and he said he hoped this run continued on Sunday.

Bale also spoke about Wales' hopes of qualification for the 2018 World Cup, with Chris Coleman's side now second in Group D ahead of next month's final qualifiers away in Georgia and at home to Republic of Ireland.


The 29-year-old Marcelo has been with the Spanish club since the 2006-07 season.

"We try to protect all players, we always defend ourselves, we are a family, that's why I defend my players like my family and I'm with them until the end".

Isco had already proven his talent before his arrival to the Bernabeu stadium. He has won 17 titles with Madrid, including three Champions Leagues and four Spanish leagues. He was awarded the Golden Boy Award in 2012 as the best Under-21 player in Europe.

He has made 197 appearances for the club, scoring 34 times, and was named man of the match in Real's 2-1 win over Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup last month.

Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.

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