Gareth Bale shouldn't join Manchester United says Mark Hughes

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Stoke City boss Mark Hughes believes Gareth Bale should ignore interest from Manchester United and Chelsea and stay with Real Madrid. 

The former Tottenham winger is enduring a torrid second season in Spain having helped Los Blancos to Champions League and La Liga glory last term, and has been booed by sections of his own supporters.


Manchester United have been heavily linked with the Welshman this season and are said to be eyeing a mammoth summer bid, although Bale himself has publicly insisted that he's happy to stay put.

Hughes, who played for Manchester United, Barcelona and Chelsea before becoming a manager, believes Bale will benefit from staying in Spain rather than returning home after two years.

"Gareth has done everything right up to now and is having a huge impact over there. If he can he should stay as long as possible,” He told BBC Sport Wales. "When you get the chance to go to a club such as Barcelona or Real Madrid you must go with the intention of trying to stay there as long as you can until they actually kick you out of the door.

“It’s such an opportunity. From my own personal experience I made the mistake of thinking I’d just go for a couple of years then come back home and continue my career, which is totally the wrong attitude.

“It was difficult and at times I was out there on my own. If you have good support, which by all accounts Gareth has over there, I’d say stay as long as you can because one day you’ll look back and realise what a great experience it was. It shapes you as a person and an individual. The effect it should have on you in later years should not be underestimated."

Gundogan closing in on Old Trafford switch

Manchester United are poised to completing the signing of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan this summer, according to reports in Germany.

Newspaper Der Western claims that the Germany international, long-linked with a switch to the Premier League, is looking likely to sign a deal with the Red Devils that would make him one of the flagships signings of Louis van Gaal’s second summer in charge at Old Trafford.

Gundogan has made just 46 appearances in the Bundesliga over the last four seasons thanks to a string of injuries, however the paper claims that boss Louis van Gaal is willing to take a risk on him. The 24-year-old is out of contract in 2016.

Depay on his way to Manchester United?

Manchester United officials are in negotiations with PSV winger Memphis Depay over a £25 million summer move to Old Trafford, according to The Sun.

The report claims that the versatile forward, who has been in sensational form throughout the course of the season, has been flown to England to discuss a £130,000-a-week deal with the club.

Depay has managed 20 goals in the Eredivise this term and has been linked with a move to the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, however it seems as though his close relationship with Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal - who handed him his World Cup debut in the summer - could help seal the deal.

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