Gareth Bale to leave in the summer if Zinedine Zidane remains Real Madrid manager – report

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United target Gareth Bale will leave Real Madrid in the summer if the club decides to keep Zinedine Zidane as manager.

Jose Mourinho publicly expressed his interest in the Welshman over the summer but chose not to pursue him after Zidane made it clear that he was part of his plans for the 2017/18 campaign.

But further injury problems and Zidane’s preferred use of Marco Asensio over Bale means that the winger is likely to seek pastures new over the transfer window.

However, according to the Mirror‘s John Cross, teammates at Real believe Bale is destined to move back to the Premier League in the summer – unless Zidane is replaced by somebody else.

The report states that United would have to splash out over £90m for Bale’s services and make him the club’s highest earner. Any attempt to sign Bale, therefore, would consume the majority of what is a shorter window than normal.

And with Mourinho – who ruled out any further attacking signings in January following the arrival of Alexis Sanchez – set to prioritise reinforcing midfield and full-back positions in the summer, the chances of the club going all out for the Welshman, whose injury record provides cause for concern, are extremely slim indeed.

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