Manchester United 'not considering' a move for Real Madrid's Gareth Bale in the summer

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Manchester United have long been admirers of Gareth Bale, even since his days as a teen for Southampton.

Prior to his then-world record £85m move to Real Madrid, the 29-year-old was a hot commodity following a remarkable 2012/13 season in the Premier League.

Bale has suffered arguably his toughest season in the Spanish capital this campaign, though this could be put down to the general level of toxicity surrounding the club as a whole before Zinedine Zidane's re-appointment.

During Zidane's first at the helm of the club, he and Bale shared a somewhat troublesome relationship. The Welshman started the 2018 Champions League Final on the bench, before famously coming on to score a mighty bicycle kick to secure his side's third consecutive UCL title.

The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer meant it was time for Bale to step up and be Real's star man, though he - and the rest of his teammates - have struggled in the Portuguese's absence.

Bale has also been subject to boos from his own fans, further fuelling rumours he may leave the club in the summer.

As Florentino Perez has given the green light on a £300m squad rebuild for Zidane to lead in the summer, Bale has been one of the first names linked with a move away.

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One club linked, again, with the Welshman's services has been Manchester United.

However, according to ESPN's Mark Ogden, the club aren't considering a move for the forward, even if he's made available in the summer.

He wrote: "The 29-year-old is training with Wales at United's Carrington base ahead of the nation's upcoming friendly against Trinidad and Tobago.

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"But sources said United would not be registering an interest with Real due to the prohibitive cost of signing the player and his age, with their recruitment plans instead set to be focused on young and emerging talent."

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer emphasised last week the importance of United signing quality players in the summer. However, he wasn't drawn in by a move for Bale.

He said: "I can't really comment on him [Bale] or specific names because they're the property of other clubs.

"But we should look for quality players, definitely, and players who could improve us as a team."

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