Gareth Bale's agent has dismissed talk of a potential swap deal involving the Welshman joining Manchester United with Angel di Maria heading in the opposite direction, describing the rumours as 'rubbish'.
Bale has already won the Champions League and the Copa del Rey during his time with Madrid, since joining for a world record fee of around £82 million in 2013. After initially struggling to find his feet the former Tottenham ace is now up and running, and has five goals in eight appearances this season having bagged the crucial goal in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid last term too.
Despite that, there's been plenty of rumours of late suggesting that he could be on his way back to the Premier League. Manchester United are believed to be interested and were said to be willing to break the transfer record for the 25-year-old. It had also been claimed that the Red Devils were looking at a swap deal involving Angel di Maria - who they signed from Real Madrid this summer for £59.7 million - heading back to the Bernabeu.
Now David Mannaseh, one of Bale's representatives has spoken out about the transfer rumours, emphatically denying that the move could happen. "Rubbish, these rumours from about a swap are absolute rubbish," he told CalcioMercato as reported by the Mirror.
"It is not true that Bale wants to return to the Premier League, everything is going well for him in Madrid and he wants to continue wearing the Real shirt."
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Di Maria has had a strong start to life at Old Trafford though his performances have dropped a little of late, and it is highly unlikely that boss Louis van Gaal will allow his record signing to leave so quickly.
The news that Bale won't be at Old Trafford will come as a blow to Manchester United, who are seemingly set to spend big once more in the new year and beyond. They splashed around £150 million on six new players over the summer window, with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward insisting that they have the cash to break the transfer record if they see fit.
They've been linked with a host of players in the winter window, and it seems as though Kevin Strootman could be their top target.