For a player like Gareth Bale, and a club like Manchester United, a possible move to Old Trafford might seem to be a match made in heaven. However, the reality remains that the Red Devils do not wish to bid for the Welshman.
While many might consider this to be an irrational decision considering the quality of the forward, there are strong reasons as to why Jose Mourinho believes otherwise to be the best for his club.
The primary reason is Bale himself – The ex-Spurs star does not want to leave Madrid. While Real might have put him up for sale, his heart still lies at the Bernabeu, and he would not make a move unless forced to. Since his move, he’s won 3 Champions Leagues, and has the second highest pay scale at the club.
United also have already spent a substantial amount of their transfer budget on Lukaku and Lindelof, thereby not leaving enough for the hefty value Bale demands. With the market only getting more inflated, the asking price won’t be falling down soon.
While the “Special One” is looking for midfielders to fill up his ranks at the club, he has accepted the fact that Bale may not be personally willing.
In an interview earlier this week, Jose said: “You have contacts, you have feelings, you understand things. I think it was clear that Bale likes Madrid, the challenge, the situation, he’s in a club in a very good situation now, I never felt a desire from him to leave, so why lose time and energy on that?”
Personal reasons aside, the relationship between the two clubs is not at its best position. With United denying David de Gea a move to Los Blancos time and time again, and the latter prohibiting the transfer of Alvaro Morata, there is a cold, tense atmosphere between the two European supergiants.
The 28-year-old has not got enough playing time as he would want and the club is not getting enough out of what they are paying. His future at the club might be uncertain but his only a handful can afford him on their side.
Written by Srivats Venkateswaran
Sports writer with a long experience of writing in football.Was football team head at EssentiallySports. Still deeply misses Sir Alex and Berbatov at United. An introvert at heart with a poetic hand. Engineer by choice, writer by passion.