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Bale returns to Madrid squad despite future uncertainty

first_imgGareth Bale has been included in Real Madrid’s squad for their friendly against Roma on Sunday, despite uncertainty over the forward’s future at the Santiago Bernabeu.The Wales international was on the verge of leaving the club this summer in a lucrative £1 million-a-week switch to Jiangsu Suning, but the move broke down and it remains unclear where he will play this season.Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has made no secret of his desire to see the 30-year-old move on and his pronouncements on the matter drew stinging criticism from the player’s agent. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? With a bitter stand-off ensuing, Bale was subsequently omitted from a number of Real Madrid squads this pre-season.He has featured in just two of Los Blancos’ six warm-up friendly matches thus far – against Arsenal and Atletico Madrid in July.However, his inclusion in Zidane’s 20-man squad for the club’s final pre-season fixture ahead of their La Liga opener could potentially signal a change of circumstances, with a stay in the Spanish capital still a possibility.Bale joins Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Karim Benzema among the forwards for the Roma game, and faces plenty of competition for a place in the team.📝 Our 20-man squad for tonight’s match against @ASRomaEN ! #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/MM1rAA2SGA — Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) August 11, 2019 Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro and Isco have been included in a strong squad, as have Marcelo and Raphael Varane.Keylor Navas and Thibaut Courtois, meanwhile, will continue to fight it out for the number one jersey.James Rodriguez, who has been linked with Napoli and Atletico Madrid is out, however, as is forward Mariano Diaz after losing his number seven shirt to Hazard.Club captain Sergio Ramos, meanwile, is also absent, while goalkeeper Andriy Lunin remains in Madrid.Real Madrid take on Roma at Stadio Olimpico in their last pre-season friendly, with kick-off scheduled for 7pm BST (2pm ET).They will then turn their attentions towards Celta Vigo, who host them on August 17 in their opening La Liga match of the 2019-20 campaign.Real Madrid squad for Roma friendlyGoalkeepers: Navas, Courtois, FuidiasDefenders: Carvajal, Militao, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, OdriozolaMidfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, IscoForwards: Hazard, Benzema, Bale, Vazquez, Jovic, Vinicius Jr.last_img read more

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GOVT DISTANCES SELF FROM IMRAN KHANS SOCIAL MEDIA POST

One day after the Indian High Commissioner criticised Director of the Department of Public Information Imran Khan for a comment made on social media, State Minister Joseph Harmon today said that the personal view expressed by the Government official does not represent the view of the Coalition Government.“It does not represent the position of the Government. We have excellent relations with India and we continue to work on those relations. It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement which we have with that country and we would like to work to ensure that it gets better”, Harmon said.Minister of State Joseph HarmonHarmon noted that while government does not have much control over what persons post on their personal social media accounts, he said all they can do is ask holders of government offices to restrain from making such statements.“This is what I would call an aberration rather than a norm that someone who actually has a Government position but expresses a personally view….It is not the view of the Government, it is an individual’s view and that is the distinction I would like to make…I am advised that the Prime Minister is addressing the issue and is likely to make a statement soon”, Harmon asserted.Khan on Wednesday posted a comment on his facebook page, questioning whether the Indian High Commission was interfering in the country’s internal affairs and was attempting to engage in destabilisation of the coalition government.Director of Public Information, Department of Public Information, Imran KhanHis statement was in relation to the recently concluded People of Indian Origin Parliamentary Conference held in New Delhi, where a 23-member Guyanese delegation attended upon invite from the Indian Government.The delegation comprised of 17 Opposition and three government parliamentarians as well as three Mayors – all of Indian heritage.The DPI Director asked whether the Indian High Commission deliberately invited only three Government backbenchers and specifically ignored ministers of Indian heritage.However, in response to Khan, Indian High Commissioner Venkatachalam Mahalingam explained that the top hierarchy of both the Indian and Guyana Governments are aware that the invitations were for 23 Members of Parliament and three Mayors of Indian Origin who are not ministers.The Diplomat said that the comment was reckless and intentionally misleading, while adding at the action by the government official is unfortunate, irresponsible, unprofessional and mischievous.The post has since been removed by Khan. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNo Govt policy in place to ban females working night shift- HarmonSeptember 7, 2017In “Business”Cabinet Secretary’s responsibilities should be handed to retired public servant – NagamootooApril 12, 2016In “latest news”Harmon defends appointment of AFC member as REOSeptember 4, 2015In “Politics” read more