Gareth Bale is well settled at Madrid, and is in no hurry to orchestrate a homecoming to the Premier league.
The explosive winger moved to the Spanish capital in 2013, making an instant impact, as he scored the eventual winner in Real Madrid’s Champions League triumph over neighbours Atletico Madrid in his first season abroad. He has since gone on to lift a further 2 Champions League trophies, as well as the La Liga and Copa Del Rey.
And, although his frequent injuries have been a constant source of frustration, the 27-year-old is looking forward to a longer stint at his current club.
Reports have speculated that Bale could be the collateral damage if Real Madrid do end up signing teen sensation Kylian Mbappe from Monaco, but that deal looks almost dead in the water, at least as far as this summer is concerned.
Either way, Sky Sports News HQ have been told that Madrid do not intend to let go of Bale even if Mbappe should move to the capital club, reiterating their stance of Bale being one of their top players and a match winner when he stays fit.
The former Tottenham star was a devastating force in the Premier League, picking up the PFA players’ player of the year gong twice, in 2010/11 and 2012/13. He later moved to Real Madrid for a then-world record fee, but has since endured a mixed bag, with injuries blighting his professional progress.
Man Utd have long been admirers, with Jose Mourinho keen to add Bale to his attacking options this summer. However, these latest developments mean that plan has to be put on hold, at least for the time being.
Written by Naren Madan
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