Manchester United showed plenty of interest in signing Gareth Bale before he made the £85 million switch to Real Madrid in the summer of 2013. After all, the signing made a lot of sense since he would have been the replacement for Ryan Giggs. Yet, Bale chose the glamour of Madrid over rainy Manchester. Even though the decision cannot be vindicated after two Champions League medals, it appears that Bale is not entirely happy, despite only recently signing a new contract with Los Blancos.
Spanish outlet Diario Gol claims that the Welsh superstar is tired of being second best to Cristiano Ronaldo in every regard. He is reportedly keen on a return to English football with Manchester United being the likely destination.
Jose Mourinho appreciates a player like Bale, who works extremely hard for the team. Even though the club have spent huge sums of money since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, they have been unable to recapture the title-winning form that has made United, the most successful club in England. Bale recently signed a deal that will keep him at Los Blancos until the summer of 2022. This contract reportedly pays him around £350,000 per week, thus making him one of the best-paid players in the world.
United are one of the few clubs in the world with the prestige and the financial status to match Madrid. It is not a surprise that Bale is being linked with a move to Old Trafford. The attacker may be playing second fiddle to Ronaldo, but it is understood that he was brought to the Santiago Bernabeu with the promise that he would eventually replace the Portuguese superstar. However, it has not been the case and Ronaldo signed a new deal only back in November. The decision to offer this new contract to a player who is 32 years old seems to have baffled Bale. As a result, he has made the decision to return to English football.
It remains to be seen if United will make the next move and lodge a concrete offer for the ex-Spurs man in the summer. A signing like Bale would reinvigorate the team which could lose the services of club captain Wayne Rooney during the off-season.
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