As rumours persist of a rival bid for Gareth Bale from Manchester United, the question must be asked; where would Bale fit in the best? Real Madrid or United?
Manchester United –
The reigning Premier League champions have been looking for somebody with blistering pace and an eye for goal on the wing ever since Cristiano Ronaldo left for Madrid.
United signed Ashley Young from Aston Villa two years ago to fill that gap, but he has failed to deliver due to injuries and inconsistency. Antonio Valencia has also been unreliable, as shown by a poor overall performance last season and with both of these players being 28-years-of-age, it is unlikely they will develop any further.
However, Bale on the other hand, is only 24, so is worth the investment, as he will only continue to get better. With midfield maestro and fellow Welshman Ryan Giggs to pass on his valuable knowledge of the game, Bale should take Manchester United into serious consideration if a formal bid is made.
Real Madrid –
The very idea of playing in the Santiago Bernabeu, in front of 85,000 spectators, donning the classic all-white kit, is for the majority of players only a wistful dream which will never be realised.
Bale however, has the very realistic option of choosing to play for one of the most illustrious clubs in the history of the game. But let’s take a moment to ponder whether or not it would be the right choice for Bale.
Surely playing in La Liga, where only two teams stand to have a chance of winning the title year in year out, is less prestigious than playing in the Premier League? Will Spanish supporters give the young Welshman time to adapt his game, or will they turn against another failed “Galactico”? And what of Bale’s family?
It is well known that his girlfriend and daughter are settled in Britain, so it may be in the best interests of his family to stay in the Premier League, be it with Tottenham or United.
The only man with the answers is Bale himself, and he will have to make a decision one way or another. Time will tell whether or not he makes the right call.
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