If Manchester United and Chelsea had any hopes of signing Gareth Bale this summer they could well have evaporated, as the latest comments coming out of Real Madrid don’t leave their prospects looking very healthy.
While the Old Trafford club have long been linked with an interest in the Welshman – they even reportedly made a last ditch bid to stop the move from Tottenham to Madrid in 2013 – Chelsea’s interest is something a bit newer.
At the weekend there were reports that Jose Mourinho’s desire to make Bale a Chelsea player had received the assent of billionaire owner Roman Abramovich and an FFP-busting £75million bid would be sanctioned for this summer to take the explosive forward to Stamford Bridge.
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Quite an outlay, and one that would generally buck the more recent trend of the Blues being a touch more frugal and considered in the transfer market, with the aforementioned FFP being the guiding force.
However, any readiness on the part of the west Londoners or their rivals in Manchester to whip out the cheque books and fancy ballpoint pens means nothing, because the head honcho at Santiago Bernabeu, president Florentino Perez, has told them to forget it.
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“We shall never listen to any offers for Bale. He is the key to the club's future, just as I cannot imagine a future without Cristiano Ronaldo,” he told Spanish daily Marca.
Suck It Up, Gareth
Bale has had a few struggles this season, what with a section of Real Madrid fans whistling and booing him because he’s a bit greedy, apparently, which has hit his confidence, but staying out is probably the best idea.
He’s hasn’t even been there for two full seasons yet and is certainly not the first player to suffer the outbursts of displeasure from the inordinate number of fickle babies that populate one of the most impressive stadiums in Europe every other weekend.
At £85million, the 25-year-old was not cheap; a world record in fact, though not one that takes inflation into account, so giving up already would be a bit of an anti-climax, especially as last season was pretty much a complete success.
The Madrid moaners weren’t so grumpy when he was storming up the pitch to break Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final last year, or when he was on hand to head in the go-ahead goal in the Champions League final to secure ‘la Decima’, the record tenth title they’d been obsessing over for over a decade.