Forbes committed a social media balls up of epic proportions on Saturday as the American magazine tweeted that Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale had, in fact, signed a long-term contract with Chelsea earlier this year.
Bale endured a rather difficult second season at the Santiago Bernabeu and has frequently been linked with a return to the Premier League, with Chelsea and Manchester United both credited with an interest in the Welshman.
And Forbes would have you believe that Chelsea were able to concluded a deal for Bale, who supposedly put pen to paper on a five-and-a-half year contract worth a rather sizeable $16 million over its duration.
What a sensational story this would be. But, alas, it would appear to be a mistake rather than an inside scoop, with Forbes seemingly becoming rather confused between Bale and Eden Hazard of Chelsea.
A wee bit of digging shows that the entry attributed to ex-Spurs star in a list of the world’s highest paid athletes aged 25 and under had actually been intended for Hazard, so don’t go getting Bale printed on your Chelsea shirt just yet.
Bale, meanwhile, pledged his future to Real Madrid a week ago, stating his intention to carry on in the Spanish capital despite frequently being the target of ire from the club’s famously difficult to please supporters.
There had been much speculation regarding a potential transfer back to England with Manchester United seemingly more serious contenders than Chelsea given their desperation to bring glories of old back to Old Trafford.
Another club record bid had been mooted but, it would appear, Bale won’t be joining the Louis van Gaal revolution just yet. But, of course, you never know.
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