Gareth Bale could leave Real Madrid for Manchester United after finally hinting at a move away.
The Welsh international scored twice as Los Blancos beat Liverpool 3-1 to win the Champions League. And speaking to the pitchside reporters after all the confetti had settled and the champagne bottles had been uncorked, the long-term Manchester United target said the following:
“Obviously I need to play. That hasn’t happened this season for one reason or another. I was injured for five or six games and I’ve been fit ever since. I’ll have to sit down in the summer, discuss it with my agent and take it from there.”
And now, Spanish outlet Diario Gol has claimed that Bale has agreed to leave Real, after holding talks with club president Florentino Perez before Liverpool win.
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Perez has regularly backed the Wales international since his arrival from Tottenham in 2013, yet the Real chief told Bale he was free to leave, with the player now seemingly looking set for a move to United.
The Red Devils’ interest dates back to his time as a teenager with Southampton. They missed out on him when Tottenham signed him in 2007, and again to Real six years later.
A player of his stature has now won everything on offer with Real Madrid, and riding a bench role for the rest of his career could not seem to be that viable an option now that he doesn’t have much of a new challenge to look forward to with the Galacticos.
Were he to leave Real Madrid this summer, he will already have compiled the kind of career that most greats have never been able to through their entire careers.
Bale has been to the Champions League semis 5 times out of 5, winning all 4 of the finals he’s played in, and scoring important goals in two of them.