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Ramos: Bale perfect for Real


Sergio Ramos Photo: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Sergio Ramos Photo: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Sergio Ramos Photo: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

REAL Madrid defender Sergio Ramos believes Gareth Bale would be right at home at the Bernabeu.

There has been considerable speculation about the future of the Wales international after Tottenham failed to qualify for the Champions League, with Madrid the most likely destination.

Ramos said: "Gareth Bale is a Real Madrid-quality signing. He can punish any team in the world and has the footballing qualities we look for in Madrid.

"I am sure Madrid will not be the only team that want to sign him – but he is the right mould for us."

Bale rounded off a remarkable year on Sunday by scoring his 26th goal of the season, but his wonder winner against Sunderland was not enough to earn the club Champions League qualification.

The club are understandably keen to hold on to their star man and manager Andre Villas-Boas recently called on the winger to end speculation about his future by signing a new deal at White Hart Lane.

For now, the signs look promising for Tottenham fans. From his comments in the immediate aftermath of the victory over Sunderland, he seemed in no mood to abandon ship and head to Madrid.

"We fought hard this season, the team and the manager have been great," he said.

"We have got the record points for the club in the Premier League.

"That would normally be enough to qualify for the Champions League, but it's not meant to be again.

"It's disappointing, but we will pick ourselves up again.

"We will just have to regroup this season and give it another go."

The 23-year-old lit up the Champions League three seasons ago, starring in Tottenham's run to the quarter-finals, which saw them beat both Milan sides before losing to Real Madrid.

And having enjoyed such a successful season personally, the Welshman concedes that he was disappointed to miss out on another shot at the big time. "It was obviously great to sign off with a great goal in the last minute, but circumstances made it hard to celebrate," he said after picking up his latest accolade – the Tottenham Player of the Year award.

"To play the way we have also, but to miss out on our objective (Champions League qualification) is very disappointing. But it's something we have to learn from, we are a young squad, and we will take it into the future."

Bale will play his last match of the season today when he and his Tottenham team-mates take on the Jamaica national team in a friendly in the Bahamas.

Andre Villas-Boas is keen to build his team around Bale next season and stressed that significant investment was required in order to bridge the small gap between themselves and Arsenal. Leandro Damiao, Christian Eriksen, Christian Benteke and Heung-Min Son have been mentioned as possible targets for the north London club.

Meanwhile, Olivier Giroud wants Arsenal to kick on in the Champions League after securing qualification for a 16th successive season.

The Gunners pipped Tottenham to fourth place after Laurent Koscielny's goal in the season finale at Newcastle secured a 1-0 victory.

This year they exited the competition to finalists Bayern Munich in the last 16 and striker Giroud wants an improved performance next term.

"On the bench (against Newcastle) it was really nervous," the France striker said.

"It's always worse when you don't play.

"It was really difficult, but in the second half Laurent, my French friend, (scored). I'm so happy that he scored.



"The goal relieved us and we could dominate the game after. We became more confident. We had our destiny in our hands. It was very difficult, but the finish was amazing.

"It's 16 years in a row we've succeeded to qualify for the Champions League. We knew it was really important. For me, it will be the second season in the Champions League.

"When you play in the Champions League, you always improve yourself and it's better for competition.

"We are competitors and want to play in the top games.

"I really enjoy playing against big clubs like Bayern Munich. I would like to go further next year."

In other news, outgoing Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has been handed a two-game ban for domestic cup matches following his dismissal in the Copa del Rey final on Friday night.

The Portuguese, who will leave the club at the end of the season, was sent to the stands midway through the second half of the 2-1 defeat to city rivals Atletico for protesting with the referee after a series of fouls were given against his team.

The suspension only applies to domestic cup games meaning Mourinho can sit on the bench for Madrid's final two Primera Division games of the season.

Cristiano Ronaldo was handed a one-match ban for his sending-off after lashing out at Gabi in extra-time.