Currently returning to match fitness, Bale’s injury record is a cause of concern for the United boss. The Portuguese, wary of the player’s age and likely cost, has opted to use his money elsewhere with the equally injury prone Marco Reus, 28, available on a free transfer next summer when his contract with Borussia Dortmund expires.
Bale is reportedly unsettled in Madrid with reports in the Spanish media that he has few friends in the dressing room beyond former Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Luka Modric, 32. Well-publicised family problems in his native South Wales will do little to make the situation any easier for the winger.
It’s expected that Bale, capped 68 times by Wales, will leave the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu next summer but Jose Mourinho scotched the idea that it would be to Old Trafford.
Tottenham are monitoring the situation, believing that re-signing Bale may appease supporters who are expected to be upset over the departure of Harry Kane, 24, after next summer’s World Cup.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez told reporters that the club would not pay the €250m fee quoted in the media; even Galacticos have their limits, it seems.