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Manchester City dealt blow in pursuit of Bale

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Welshman set for new contract offer at Bernabeu

Real Madrid will offer Gareth Bale a new contract in an attempt to fend off interest from Manchester City.

A number of English clubs, including City and Manchester United, are keen to bring the Welsh winger back to the Premier League, having been subject to criticism at times by Real Madrid fans.

However, Los Blancos are keen to keep their record signing at the Santiago Bernabeu, and hope that an additional £50,000-a-week will tempt him to extend his stay in Spain.

Pep Guardiola is understood to be interested in the Real winger, and is believed to be considering bringing the player to the Etihad this summer, when he starts his new venture with City.

Los Blancos want to keep Bale at the club until 2021, but in the meantime the Welshman is hoping to send City packing, by taking centre stage in the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final, with Cristiano Ronaldo expected to be absent through injury.

Bale has netted 58 goals in 120 appearances for Real, since joining for a world record £85 million from Tottenham in 2013, and Real see the winger taking the place of Ronaldo when he eventually retires or leaves for another club.

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