As reported by The Independent, Gareth Bale refused a move to Manchester United despite seriously considering the offer as he was concerned with the club’s ‘state of uncertainty’.
United have publicly pursued the Welshman in recent years with Real Madrid holding on tight to its prized winger. According to the report, Gareth Bale ‘gave serious consideration’ to Manchester United’s proposal before deciding to stay put at Real Madrid. Ed Woodward and co were willing to pay £100m for his services before Rafael Benitez convinced Bale to reject the offer.
Bale felt alienated at Madrid, but decided to not take risks with Manchester United
Following United’s interest, Rafael Benitez allegedly spoke to Gareth Bale as he outlined his plan for the winger. The Welshman was reportedly unsettled following a lacklustre season with Real Madrid as he felt singled out by Cristiano Ronaldo and his close friends. The report said: “The Welshman has been worried about the isolation he has experienced at the Bernabeu where the Cristiano Ronaldo clique – principally James Rodriguez and Marcelo Vieira – do not pass to him when he is operating in a wide role.”
The fact that Manchester United were ready to build their team around him probably appealed to the former Tottenham player. However, with Benitez willing to promote him to a more central role, Bale stayed on at Real Madrid.
Can Gareth Bale be convinced to leave Real Madrid?
As reported earlier, Manchester United’s plans of signing Gareth Bale received a huge setback following the transfer ban imposed by FIFA on the two clubs from Madrid. With Real Madrid set to miss out on two consecutive transfer windows, it seems highly unlikely that Manchester United will be able to sign Bale in the coming years. Furthermore, his leaked contract suggests that Tottenham Hotspur will have the right to buy him back should Madrid decide to part ways with him in the future. Manchester United’s chances of signing Gareth Bale will depend largely on their next manager.