The agent of Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has been forced to insist that his client wants to remain in Spain once more after yet more reports linking him with a move to Manchester United.
Bale joined Madrid for a world record transfer fee of £82 million from Tottenham in 2013, but after a strong first campaign the Welsh winger faded badly and was subjected to boos from his own fans after a string of poor performances last time round.
That has prompted reports that he could seek a move with Manchester United interested, however his agent Jonathan Barnett insists that isn't the case.
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The latest batch of reports claim that Manchester United are willing to splash £100 million in order to lure the former Spurs man to Old Trafford after a window in which boss Louis van Gaal has so far failed to land the top-tier creative star he craves.
The former Barcelona manager has spoken out about his team's lack of creative spark and has been linked with the likes of Edinson Cavani, Cristiano Ronaldo and Thomas Muller.
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However it seems as though Bale isn't on his way to Manchester United, with Barnett telling the International Business Times: "There is no situation. Why should he leave? There are rumours of men on the moon. That's a saying.
"He is a star at Real. Why would he consider leaving them. He is very happy to be at the biggest club in the world. [Winning Copa del Rey and Champions League] that's just the start and he will be the best player in the world. He wants to do that at Real."
Barnett also added that Bale wants to show Real Madrid president Florentino Perez that his decision to shatter the transfer world record was the right one.
"Gareth is a great team player and wants to repay the faith that president of Real Madrid has shown," Barnett explained. "He has a great deal of respect for Perez. He likes Gareth and he broke the world record for him and he very much admirers the president."
There was never much chance of Manchester United getting Bale; the money involved was too much and there's no way that Real Madrid are selling, especially after all that has gone on with Sergio Ramos and David de Gea this summer.
It seems as though Van Gaal and Ed Woodward have been caught out chasing massive names this summer without realising the size of the job in hand. The likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid can't be strong-armed and don't need the money.
They have wasted time chasing the likes of Bale and Muller already, while Edinson Cavani is going nowhere either. They need to get real and quick, before time runs out.
If you had to give Manchester United's transfer business a grade so far - what would it be?
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