Gareth Bale snubbed a move to Manchester United because he wanted to play with Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, according to the Daily Star.
It's been reported that the Red Devils, under former manager David Moyes, attempted to bring the Welshman to the Theatre of Dreams in 2013, but he rejected them in favour of a move to La Liga giants Real Madrid.
Bale has enjoyed a fine start to life in La Liga, playing a key role in helping Carlo Ancelotti's side winning the Champions League last season, and now he's revealed the main factors behind his switch from Tottenham.
Speaking to reporters, the Real Madrid winger said: "I think Cristiano has been amazing this season. The amount of goals he's scored, he won the Champions League with us, and he's been playing fantastic.
"I can't see many people past him [for the Ballon d'Or] but I'm looking forward to seeing who wins and good luck to everybody.
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"It's another reason why I came to Madrid - to learn from the best players. Seeing Ronaldo in training every day, how concentrated he is on every aspect of his game and on the pitch, it gives me that kind of platform to aim for and keep improving, and hopefully one day I can get there."
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Of late, though, rumours have once again been rife suggesting that Manchester United are ready to step up their interest in the Welshman once again. The Red Devils, of course, only just splashed out a club record fee for Bale's former teammate Angel di Maria, so it remains to be seen as to whether United would be prepared to spend big once again in an attempt to bring Bale back to England.
Bale's signature would certainly prove quite the coup for Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal, but he will be desperate to at least secure Champions League football for the club in this campaign.
After a disappointing start to the season, United secured a crucial win against Crystal Palace this past weekend, and will now be desperate to find their best form over the coming weeks and months.
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