Gareth Bale has refused to rule out the prospect of joining Manchester United this summer, noting that he was just focusing on his football ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.
Spanish outlet Marca have reported that Zinedine Zidane would consider letting Bale leave the Bernabeu to make way for Kylian Mbappe to come the other way.
Jose Mourinho made it clear during a press conference that he would battle to bring the winger back to the Premier League if he was indeed considered surplus to requirements.
And Bale, speaking after Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Man United in the UEFA Super Cup, refused to rule out such a prospect but noted that he hadn’t discussed a potential move away.
“I’m just concentrating on my football, I don’t listen to anything, I don’t read anything,” he said.
“I haven’t had any of those conversations [of a transfer].”
Mourinho also noted that the sight of Bale starting in Skopje would, in his eyes, be tantamount with the 28-year-old being part of Zidane’s plans for this season. And he duly did, threatening with a few powerful shots – striking the bar on one occasion – and linking up well with Isco.
He is part of a truly special team. Pontificate over United’s shortcomings all you want but ignoring the effortless, slick brilliance of Madrid would be unfair.
But he should consider the fact that a move to Old Trafford would guarantee him a place in the starting XI every week, while competing with Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Isco for a place in the front three could, based on the latter’s display, prove to be an uphill task – especially if he were to spend another period on the sidelines through injury.