According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United are set to be dealt a blow in their pursuit of Gareth Bale, with the 29-year-old’s future looking set to be at Real Madrid. Bale had an uncertain future during the end of last season as former head coach Zinedine Zidane left him out in a number of important Champions League outings before the final.
However, with Zidane stepping down and Julen Lopetegui replacing him as manager, Bale looks set for a key role in the side. Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus may have also played a part, as Los Blancos won’t want to lose to of their past marquee signings in the same transfer window without signing one or two players in their stead.
It’s bad news for United, with the Red Devils having been heavily linked with Bale for many seasons. The 29-year-old could have been pushed out of the Santiago Bernabéu before the season came to a close, but his situation looks to have turned on its head as a result of Lopetegui’s appointment.
He’s been a good servant for Real, scoring and creating 145 goals in 189 games in all competitions since his move from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013. Bale has gone on to win four Champions League titles, one Liga title and one Copa Del Rey in his five years at the club.