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Mid-Day Ticker: Bale gets new Spurs deal, Mandzukic to Bayern Munich & more

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Gareth Bale won’t be going anywhere this summer.

The coveted winger signed a new four-year deal with Tottenham on Wednesday, extending his stay in London and putting an end to speculation that he’d be bolting for some of the world’s biggest teams.

Just 22, Bale has established himself as one of the Premier League’s top talents and had been attracting interest from a wide array of teams, including giants Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City. The left winger won the PFA Player of the Year award in 2011 and scored a career-high 13 goals in all competitions last season.

“I love the club and the fans and I want to play my part in trying to get us back into the Champions League – where we belong,” Bale said in a Tottenham statement. “We’ve a good, young squad and we need to work together to get back on the biggest stage again.”

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Croatia’s Euro 2012 hero Mario Mandzukic is on the move to Bayern Munich.

Mandzukic sealed a reported €12 million move from Wolfsburg and signed a four-year deal with the UEFA Champions League runners-up on Wednesday.

Mandzukic scored three goals in the group stage for Croatia on the heels of a 12-goal season with Wolfsburg. He spent two seasons with the Bundesliga club after moving there from Croatian power Dinamo Zagreb in 2010. He’ll replace the ousted Ivica Olic on the Bayern Munich forward depth chart, and he’ll team with German international Mario Gomez to help lead the Munich attack.


Rangers players have been reduced to two camps: Those committing their future to the troubled club, and those proclaiming their wish to be freed.

With the team likely reduced to the third tier of Scottish soccer — pending a Scottish Premier League vote next month — and the club starting from scratch after financial problems forced the club into liquidation, only three first-team players have pledged themselves to the team — Lee McCulloch, Lee Wallace and Kyle Hutton.

Steven Naismith, Alan McGregor, Kyle Lafferty, Jamie Ness, Steven Whittaker, Sone Aluko, Rhys McCabe and captain Steven Davis have all made it known that they’ll be playing elsewhere this coming season. The fates of Americans Carlos Bocanegra, Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya have not yet been determined.


While Bale is staying at Tottenham, defender Vedran Corluka is not. The 26-year-old Croatian international signed a three-year deal with Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia, where he’ll play for Slaven Bilic — the Croatian national team coach who signed a three-year deal at Lokomotiv Moscow last month.

Corluka did not feature much for Tottenham last season, spending the last half of it on loan with Bayer Leverkusen. Lokomotiv Moscow is not involved in any European competitions this season.


Surprised to see Bale stay put? Think Mandzukic is a great signing for Bayern Munich? Do you think Rangers will have good enough players to win promotion in Scotland? Surprised to see Corluka move to Russia?

Share your thoughts below.

  • JSmiley

    Sky Sports said today that English bookies have made JURGEN KLINSMANN the fourth most likely to be hired by Spurs.

    News to me.


  • Old School

    He’s been rumored to take the post since Harry was rumored to take over England.

    Also, anything in the English media should be taken with a grain of salt, imo.


  • Old School

    Huge re-signing for Spurs.

    While it doesn’t necessarily secure his services for four years, it certainly secures their position when it comes time to sell him.


  • jya

    what don’t the American players jump ship already even Rangers miraculously stays in the SPL they will be in poor shape its not those players job to help Rangers come back from the hole.


  • Old School

    If you’re asking me, I think the entire story is overreaching speculation on the part of English media.

    Personally, I don’t believe he’s going until after the World Cup cycle, if at all.


  • Peter

    It would be cool if RBNY’s reported DP signing had something to do with the Yanks playing for Rangers.


  • Jamie Z.

    It seems you’re running low on punctuation. Here, you can borrow some of mine. Have a blast.

    W ? E , . I ‘ ‘

    Next, we’ll work on your grammar.


  • bryan

    seriously. those three should have been the first to say, “we’re out of here!”


  • fifawitz1313

    Jamie Z. I think I might have Redd your response somewhere else too :-)


  • RLW2020

    ya that’s not happening…

    English bookies need to make money off idiots, that’s what is happening.


  • matt

    In the time-honored MLS tradition of ripping off foreign “soccer-sounding” club names, I vote the 20th MLS club be immediately instated as Rangers – New York (not to be confused with the New York Rangers.) All yanks currently playing for Rangers will be transferred to Rangers-NY outside of the allocation process, thus bringing them back into the MLS fold with the trifecta of American talent: grizzled veteran (Boca), guy actually in prime of his career (Edu) and young up-and-comer (Bedoya.) That’s called win-win folks.


  • jya

    It seems your running long on time here I will give you something to do find out what team the Americans on Rangers are heading to


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