Report: Manchester United Not Interested in Gareth Bale Summer Transfer

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2019

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 16: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and RC Celta de Vigo at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 16, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Manchester United reportedly have no plans to sign Gareth Bale this summer if he's put up for sale by Real Madrid.

Bale has endured a testing season in the Spanish capital, having fallen down the pecking order under previous manager Santiago Solari and been subject to whistles from certain sections of the home crowd.

With his future uncertain and the transfer window approaching, speculation has started to intensify regarding the Welshman.

However, according to Mark Ogden of ESPN FC, the Red Devils will not be making a move for the 29-year-old.

"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," Ogden said.

Bale has enjoyed remarkable success in his time as a Real Madrid player, helping the team win four of the last five UEFA Champions League titles.

In the most recent, he came off the bench against Liverpool to score twice, with his first goal a stunning overhead kick to put Los Blancos 2-1 ahead in a game they eventually won 3-1.

Despite the glory he has helped Madrid savour, the Madridistas have never fully taken to Bale, and his stock is at an all-time low among many at the moment.

A report in AS (h/t Dermot Corrigan of ESPN FC) described the player's attitude as "deplorable" recently.

Per Corrigan, Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett said the player isn't bothered by the "rubbish" criticism he has received.

As The Spanish Football Podcast relayed, Bale's conduct has been criticised by sections of the Spanish press: 

Bleacher Report's Rob Blanchette said he doesn't want United to try to sign the former Tottenham Hotspur star:

Bale will be hopeful the recent change of manager in the Spanish capital can help him enjoy a strong end to the campaign.

The Welshman was back in the XI on Saturday for Zinedine Zidane's first game of his second spell as coach. Bale repaid that show of faith with the second goal of the game in a 2-0 win for Los Blancos.

Per Spanish football journalist Andy West, it was the brightest performance from Bale for a while:

When he's fit and in form, Bale can be a force of nature. Despite the injury issues he's endured throughout his career, he's still one of the fastest forwards around and possesses a hammer of a left foot.

Following on from Zidane's arrival and a season of disappointment for the capital club, there's likely to be plenty of movement in the transfer window come the end of the campaign. Some players will surely move on with that in mind, and it will be fascinating to see if Bale survives any potential cull.

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