Manchester United’s interest in Gareth Bale has been consistent ever since the summer of 2013 when he made his world record move to Real Madrid. The Welshman has had a roller-coaster of events at the Spanish club, winning all there is to win but leaving much to be desired on an individual level by fans.
Bale has been a huge target of Jose Mourinho’s this summer, with the Portuguese admitting he is an admirer of the player, but after the sides clashed in the Super Cup, it seemed any chance Bale would leave Madrid was out of the question.
However, there could be one last twist in the tale, and a transfer away from Los Blancos could be more likely than ever. It comes after the forward was booed in Madrid’s 2-2 draw with Valencia at the Bernabeu last night, a game in which Bale missed a number of chances. It is not uncommon for Real Madrid fans to turn on their stars in fickle fashion, but the treatment of Bale is one that is becoming a familiar scene.
Marco Asensio scored both of Real Madrid’s goals, with the youngster really starting to make his name as a star at the Spanish club. Perhaps Asensio’s emergence could pave the way for Bale’s exit?
Jose Mourinho said earlier this summer that he is interested in the forward, saying: “If he’s not in the club’s plans and what you are writing is true, that the arrival of another player then Gareth would be on his way out of Real Madrid, I would try to be waiting for him on the other side and be fighting with the other coaches who would like to have him on their team.”
The Portuguese manager also stated he wants one further signing this summer, preferably a winger who tracks back and can defend. Go back a few years, and Bale was predominantly playing as a left-back until his potential was fulfilled as a forward.
Of course, Real boss Zidane was quick to play down the boos after the match, saying Bale remains in his plans, but he did admit the 28-year-old should have done better with his chances.
“He’s a key player in the squad. Gareth is Gareth. We keep working hard and we rely on Gareth, just as is the case with the other players,” said Zidane.
“Gareth’s situation is good. He had scoring opportunities but did not convert them. We’re going to keep working on this. I can’t criticise my players, quite the contrary. I’m very happy with their work.”