Gareth Bale has sensationally demanded that Real Madrid target Liverpool teenager Ben Woodburn after his first call up to the Wales senior squad.
The 17-year-old was called up by Chris Coleman for the World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland but remained on the bench.
However, Wales talisman Bale was impressed by what he saw from Woodburn in training over the international break and believes Los Blancos should pursue the forward.
Amazingly, according to Don Balon, Bale views the teenage sensation as the heir to his colleague and current Ballon d’Or holder, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Supposedly, the former Tottenham star has spoken to Madrid president Florentino Perez about the situation and suggested that he raid the Reds for his signature.
Given the fact that Jurgen Klopp has placed a lot of faith in Woodburn this season, plucking him from Merseyside may not be that easy.
The youngster became Liverpool’s youngest ever goal scorer earlier in the season when he found the net against Leeds United in the EFL Cup.
Since then, Woodburn has been limited to sporadic appearances from the bench, given Klopp’s love of Phillippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane in the forward positions.
The potential signing of Woodburn would be far removed from Real’s usual label of signing Europe’s most established stars.
However, with the likes of Lucas Vasquez, Marco Asensio and James Rodriguez already available to Zinedine Zidane as back up in the forward areas, Woodburn would likely be sent out on loan.
The label of succeeding Ronaldo may also prove tough for the Liverpool teenager.