Real Madrid star Gareth Bale will reject Chelsea's stunning offer worth £150 million and is determined to fight for his future at the Bernabeu, reports The Express.
The Welsh winger has been linked with a shock exit from Real Madrid only 18 months after completing a world record £86 million move from Tottenham. Carlo Ancelotti is thought to be struggling to fit Bale into his formation and can no longer guarantee him a regular starting spot.
That had alerted Manchester United, who had originally tried to sign Bale when he was put up for sale by Spurs. Chelsea were also ready to tempt Real Madrid and reportedly put together a stunning £150 million package that would have seen £90 million go towards a transfer fee and £60 million to a lucrative contract.
Determined to fight
However, Bale has no interest in leaving Real Madrid and is determined to win his place back in Ancelotti's plans. That means Chelsea's efforts have gone to waste and Louis van Gaal can forget about landing another marquee player.
With Cristiano Ronaldo approaching 30-years-old, Bale is still tipped to be the man to replace him. He has the pace, power and precision to follow the same path and could flourish once the Portuguese stalwart heads for pastures new.
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While Florentino Perez may be tempted by the chance to make a tidy profit on the Welshman, it would be bad publicity if he goes onto to emulate his current team-mate for a top Premier League club by winning the Ballon d'Or.
But Perez is a fickle president if there ever was one and it is for this reason that the same report in The Express claims that Chelsea will continue to track Bale's situation in the Spanish capital. While Bale has excelled thus far, as is evident from the latest reports, things can quickly change at Real Madrid.
The perfect alternative
Looking short term, both Mourinho and Van Gaal will do well to move on to another target in the form of Marco Reus. The Borussia Dortmund star will be available for around £20 million next summer unless he agrees a new deal and is expected to depart.
Putting together a similar wage packet as they did for Bale would certainly give Chelsea the edge ahead of other interested parties.