Soccer-Ancelotti’s fine start raises eyebrows over Bale quest (Reuters)

By Mark Elkington MADRID, Aug 15 (Reuters) – An impressive pre-season for new Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has lifted morale at the Bernabeu in the post-Jose Mourinho era and left many fans scratching their heads. If everything seems to be going so well, why should the club need to break the world transfer record to sign Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale, another attacking midfielder? The nine-times European champions have been chasing Welsh winger Bale since the end of last season, with figures in excess of 100 million euros ($132.36 million) being bandied around in the media. …

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