Wales manager Chris Coleman has insisted Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is in ‘no rush’ to leave the Bernabeu for Old Trafford.
Bale suffered from a great deal of criticism during last season’s unsuccessful campaign with Madrid and that allowed speculation linking him with Manchester United to surface.
Reports suggest that interest led to two £100m bids from United being rejected by Real Madrid who have no intention of letting go of the world’s most expensive player.
Coleman, who knows Bale well from their time together with the Welsh national team, believes the 26-year-old is happy in Spain.
“Bale is in no rush to leave Real Madrid,” said Coleman.
“Manchester United are who they are, but why is he going to want to leave Madrid?
“I know he came in for a lot of criticism and was seen as the president’s boy because of the huge transfer fee and he was targeted.
“I watched a lot of Madrid’s games and Ronaldo, Benzema, Isco were having bad times, but Bale was targeted for sure and they left him out in the cold.”
“But he is strong enough and will come through that and I think he will have a good season with Benitez.”
Speculation surrounding Bale is always precarious, especially since rumours regarding a possible move to Old Trafford date back to 2012.
In a summer where United and Real Madrid have been at loggerheads over both David de Gea and Sergio Ramos, any potential move for Bale was always going to be a long shot wasn’t it?