Former Manchester United boss David Moyes has revealed that he was 'desperate' to sign Welshman Gareth Bale when he was in charge at Old Trafford.
As reported by Sky Sports, Moyes, who is currently managing La Liga outfit Real Sociedad, has backed the Real Madrid star to come good at the Bernabeu, claiming that he's an 'outstanding' player.
Bale, of course, left Tottenham in favour of Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 and enjoyed a fine debut campaign at the club, however he failed to prove his credentials in Spain last summer, which has led to him being linked with a return to the Premier League.
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And, unsurprisingly, Manchester United, under the guidance of Louis van Gaal, are one of the club's reportedly interested in his signature, but the club's former boss expects him to be a 'big star' in Madrid next term.
“Firstly, Gareth Bale is an outstanding player,” Moyes said.
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“I was desperate to take him to Manchester United from Tottenham, but couldn’t quite get him. He had his heart set on going to Real Madrid.
“He was very much on my radar as soon as I went to United.
"He can score goals, can make goals, he’s got speed, he’s physically capable, and I think next year he will be a big star in Madrid."
Moyes has insisted that Bale deserves time to show what he's all about in Spain, claiming that every player has to settle to their new surroundings.
In fact, the Sociedad boss compared the ex-Tottenham man with current Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, who struggled in his early days on English soil.
He continued by saying: "It is down to settling in. David de Gea took time to settle at Manchester United, it is not easy.
“We have to give him time, Bale is no different to anyone else.
“As a British player playing abroad, you have to get involved, immerse yourself in the culture. You have to get used to the living times, the eating habits.
“He is at a great club that will give him opportunity to succeed and I think he will.”
Moyes is right
One thing's for sure, despite the player's struggles at the Bernabeu last season, Bale has more than enough ability to turn things around sooner rather than later. At the end of the day, the Welsh wizard really does have a little bit of everything, and could yet prove the club's talisman for many years to come.
Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo isn't getting any younger and there may well come a point when Bale takes over him as Real's leading player. That may not be next season, but there's no reason why the Manchester United target should give up on his career in La Liga.
You have to admire his courage for taking the opportunity to join the ranks in Madrid, so it would be wrong if he was to give up on this chance at this early stage.
You can hardly blame Louis van Gaal an Co. for pressing ahead with a move for Bale, but it's surely unlikely that they will get their man. Instead they should focus on helping Argentine ace Angel di Maria find his confidence and best form as the club go about challenging for the Premier League title in 2015/16.
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