In Focus: Gareth Bale pours could water on Manchester United rumour

According to reports on BBC Football, Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their attempts to sign Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale this summer with the Welshman stating he is ‘happy’ with the La Liga champions.

What’s the word, then?

Well, according to the Manchester Evening News on Saturday the Red Devils are said to be targeting a move for Bale after another target – Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann – said he would be staying with the La Liga outfit after they failed to win their appeal against a transfer ban.

Following an injury-hit season at the Bernabeu, United may have fancied their chances of bringing Bale back to the Premier League, but the Wales international’s latest comments would suggest that he wants to stay in Spain after only extending his current deal until 2022 in October.

What did he say?

Speaking after Real Madrid became the first team to win back-to-back Champions League titles following their 4-1 win against Juventus on Saturday, Bale said: “We are winning trophies and I am happy. I have signed a long-term contract at Madrid,” said Bale.

“My family is happy and I am happy, so yes we will continue what we are doing.”

How has he done this season?

As we mentioned before it has been a disappointing campaign for the 27-year-old, who made just 27 appearances in all competitions because of hip, ankle and calf injurires.

Despite that fact, the attacker still scored nine goals and provided a further five assists as Real beat Barcelona to the La Liga title, while he played the final 13 minutes of their Champions League success in his home nation at the weekend.

Is that the end of the matter?

With United missing out on Griezmann Mourinho will still be looking to bring a marquee signing to the club and ideally a versatile forward.

Able to play on either flank or as a striker – as he has done on multiple occasions for Wales – Bale could be the ideal signing but he would likely cost more than £100m, which could be a step too far for the Red Devils.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, Bale’s comments suggest that he wouldn’t welcome interest from elsewhere but the chance to work under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United could be a tempting one, especially if Real bring in a new forward this summer.