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Perez admits interest in Bale

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale is a target for Spanish giant Real Madrid.
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Gareth Bale was "born" to play for Real Madrid, according to the Spanish club's president Florentino Perez.

Double player of the year Bale missed out on UEFA Champions League qualification with Tottenham this month, sparking renewed speculation about his future.

The Wales international's agent Jonathan Barnett said earlier this week he would listen to any offer from Real, and Perez has done little to dampen talk of a summer bid.

Speaking about his future plans ahead of his expected re-election to the presidency, Perez told Marca: "Bale was born to play in Madrid."

There was bad news, too, for Liverpool supporters as Perez revealed his admiration for Luis Suarez.


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The Uruguay striker told the press in his home country it would be "difficult to say no to Real", although his agent later insisted Suarez has no plans to leave before next season.

Perez said: "Suarez is a great player and I am sure all in the world would want him. I like him and others too, but it does not always fit."

Real's summer business will include finding a successor to outgoing boss Jose Mourinho, with PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti favorite for the position.

But Perez said: "Ancelotti cannot say he has an offer from Real Madrid because he has not. There are more coaches than him."

The president also confirmed his intention to resist all bids for Cristiano Ronaldo, saying: "He has two years on his deal and is the best in the world.

"I will do my best to get him to sign a new contract and would not sell him for 100m euros. We are not a selling club. I would like him to finish his career here."

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