Manchester United and Manchester City are ahead of their rivals to sign Gareth Bale and are very keen on acquiring his signature in light of the difficulties he is having this season, but the Real Madrid man has other ideas.
According to the Daily Mirror, the £85million attacker is hopeful he will not be forced to return to the Premier League any time soon in the face of some intense criticism from Santiago Bernabeu fans.
Louis van Gaal is expected to get a sizeable transfer budget this coming summer and the Old Trafford club have long been linked with an attempt to bring Bale back to England.
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However, any big-spending is likely to interest Manchester City too, as they could well be looking to instigate a major rebuild come the summer if, as looks likely, they make a poor defence of the Premier League title they won last season.
With the kind of money Madrid paid Tottenham Hotspur for him only two seasons ago, one can expect any potential move to either Manchester United or Manchester City to be for a substantial cost.
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Fans at Real Madrid have been targeting him with whistles and boos for much of this season, reportedly because they feel he has been too greedy when los Blancos have been in attack. This displeasure came to a head on Sunday evening after Carlo Ancelotti's men lost 2-1 to Barcelona and Bale was almost non-existent in the second half after a promising first period.
Three Madrid fans waited for the players outside of the club's training ground in the early hours of the morning after they returned from Camp Nou and attacked the Welshman's car as he left the complex.
He's Doing the Right Thing
The report claims that Bale is determined not to be put off by this criticism and win around his critics, which is the right action to take by the former Southampton academy star, who would only enhance his reputation by turning things around.
Despite a move to Manchester United and Manchester City likely being very lucrative for him, a wise man would not give up the opportunity to play with such an array of world class stars so quickly.
Every player has to endure tough times and their ability to remain committed and change their own fortunes can be the making of them. Lining up next to Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema should be enough motivation for most.