Sports World: Bale in talks with Cardiff on move

Bale in talks with Cardiff on move

LONDON • Gareth Bale's representatives said on Wednesday they have held talks with Cardiff over a potential move to the Championship club after the Wales captain's departure from Real Madrid.

The 32-year-old forward has been strongly linked with a free transfer to his hometown football club, following the end of his turbulent nine-year spell in Madrid.

The five-time Champions League winner also has several options on the table with Major League Soccer teams, his former club Tottenham and Newcastle all possible destinations.

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City snag Arminia keeper as backup

LONDON • English Premier League champions Manchester City are on the verge of signing Stefan Ortega from relegated Bundesliga football club Arminia Bielefeld as backup for first-choice goalkeeper Ederson, according to reports yesterday.

Magazine Kicker and top-selling daily Bild say he will join the Citizens on a free transfer as his Bielefeld contract has expired. The 29-year-old German was one of Arminia's best players last season, keeping six clean sheets in 34 league games.

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Jabeur injury derails Williams' comeback

LONDON • Serena Williams' return to tennis action has been cut short after doubles partner Ons Jabeur withdrew from the Eastbourne tournament because of a knee injury yesterday.

The WTA event had seen Williams, 40, play her first two competitive matches since she limped out of last year's Wimbledon in tears with a hamstring problem.

The American and her Tunisian partner made it through to the semi-finals with a narrow last-16 win over Marie Bouzkova and Sara Sorribes Tormo, before a more convincing quarter-final victory in straight sets against Shuko Aoyama and Chan Hao-ching.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2022, with the headline Sports World: Bale in talks with Cardiff on move. Subscribe