Bale rejected Man Utd move to join Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale has revealed he turned down a move to Manchester United in order to move to White Hart Lane, the Daily Mail has reported. The decision came when Bale was leaving Southampton in 2007 and had both Sir Alex Ferguson and Martin Jol, then Head Coach of Spurs, chasing his signature.

Bale added that he plumped for Spurs because Jol convinced him he would have a greater chance of playing regular first team football at Tottenham. The Wales international continued: “Man Utd were interested in me but I wanted to play first-team football. I thought I had a better chance of getting that at Tottenham. The manager at the time told me he wanted me to go straight into the first team.

In his first season at Tottenham Bale made 12 appearances for the club before injuring his right ankle in December 2007, missing the rest of the season because of the severity of the injury. Bale has gone on to make more than 150 appearances for Spurs, scoring 28 goals, including 11 goals in 34 games this season as Spurs chase a return to the Champions League.

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