Gareth Bale’s agent has quashed speculation linking his client with a summer move to Manchester United, by suggesting that he was never close to leaving Real Madrid and wants to spend the rest of his career at the Bernabeu, according to the Daily Express.
Los Blancos’ president Florentino Perez confirmed that the Red Devils had approached the Spanish giants about a move, having made the Welshman one of their top transfer targets, alongside Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller (via Express).
But Jonathan Barnett revealed that it was never in the 26-year-old’s plans to go to Old Trafford, as he hopes to spend many years in the Spanish capital.
“He has come nowhere near being transferred in the past few months,” he said.
“He is very happy at Real Madrid and hopefully he will stay there for the rest of his career. He is loving it there,” he added.
What a player – or in this case, his agent – will say in pubic and actually think can be two very different things, and it is unlikely that if Bale wanted a move that he would decide to make it publicly known when the next window does not open for several months.
Even so, Barnett’s defiant message suggests that the former Tottenham man is planning to remain an integral part of Madrid’s plans for several years to come.
The news is likely to be a major disappointment to Louis van Gaal, who may have been hoping that United’s interest may unsettle Bale, and tempt him to return to the Premier League.
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