Rio Ferdinand: I want to see Gareth Bale at Manchester United

by Marwan Harraz

Manchester United icon Rio Ferdinand has urged his former club to sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid this summer transfer window.

The Welshman sparked rumours of his potential departure from the Spanish capital by claiming he needs to be playing week in and week out.

Bale scored the winning brace in the Champions League final and wasted no time in making his concerns clear with Madrid.

United have had interest in the talented winger since last summer but the move eventually didn’t transpire as fans wanted it to.

Ferdinand though has backed his former club to get the job done and believes Gareth should be tempted by the move as well.

According to Manchester Evening News, Rio wrote on his Instagram page: “Now I feel it’s up to him (Bale) to decide what he wants.

“Some will say he has nothing to prove and I understand that to a certain extent, but does he want to go somewhere and be the main man and take on the full responsibility of a club who want to win?

“Or does he want to remain [at Real Madrid] and continue in the role he is in now, as the supporting cast?

“Personally I would love to see him come back to the Premier League (preferably with Manchester United) and dominate.

“Write a new chapter as a leader of a club, the go-to guy at all times, the icon. This is what the greats do in all sports not just football, it elevates them.”

The Gareth Bale rumours have cooled down a little after initially blowing up with there being talk of the Red Devils’ being unable to afford him.

Should the former Tottenham man be the club’s only target then perhaps the signing would have been doable but Jose Mourinho is clearly chasing several players.

Bale’s asking price has shot up to £200m according to some reports meaning Manchester United are unlikely to be able to afford him since there are also still wages to be paid.

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