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Chelsea are one of a host of teams that a thought to be interested in signing Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale.

The Welshman proved his Premier League credentials during his time as a Tottenham Hotspur player, and if recent reports are accurate, he could soon be returning to these shores.

Spanish publication Diario Gol have reported that following a conversation with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, Bale has been given the green light to leave the Santiago Bernabeu. (For the full details on that story, click here.)

Following a host of injury problems and periods being rotated in and out of Real Madrid’s side, question marks have risen as to whether Bale is the player he once was.

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Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale.

However, the former Spurs talisman sent a message to his doubters on Thursday afternoon by bagging a hat-trick while on international duty for Wales against China.

In doing so, Bale equalled and surpassed Ian Rush’s record, meaning he is now the all-time leading goalscorer of the Welsh national team.

You can see all three of his goals below. Would he be a good signing, Blues? Is he the man to replace Eden Hazard? Let us know in the comments.

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