Manchester United have suffered a blow in their hopes of signing Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, with the player’s agent Jonathan Barnett stating he has no desire to leave.
“Bale? I think he’s worth as much as Neymar. He loves Real Madrid and doesn’t want to leave. Gareth does not need Ronaldo to leave Real Madrid, he is already a top star of the club,” said Bale’s representative to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, reports the Express.
“Bale is such a positive example for children. He goes to bed early and I don’t think he is worse than Neymar. He can also battle it out for the Ballon d’Or in the future.”
Manchester United have been linked with Bale for many years, having tried to sign the then-20-year-old for around £20m in 2010. The Welsh international, who has since made 170 appearances for Real Madrid, is contracted with the Spaniards until 2022 and remains a key player under Zinedine Zidane.
The £51m forward, who has scored and created seven goals in nine La Liga starts this season, has struggled with injuries problems which has cut down his playing time each year. Despite being one of the first names on the teamsheet when fit, reports from the UK suggest he’s keen for a Premier League return.
Manchester United already have a strong attack of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata, recently boosted by the addition of Alexis Sanchez, and manager Jose Mourinho is turning his focus on strengthening the midfield.
However, Gareth Bale clearly wants to stay at Real Madrid, and Los Blancos appear keen to keep the 28-year-old at the Santiago Bernabéu, meaning United look set to miss out.