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Gareth Bale is staying put at Real Madrid… yet again!

As another July 1st passed over the weekend, the 2017 summer transfer window opened with a familiar story. Gareth Bale was linked with Manchester United for the fifth consecutive summer. It is widely known that the Welsh winger has admirers at the club and United are one of very few teams with the financial muscle to pay the type of money required to sign such a high-profile player; however, despite lukewarm claims in the past that Bale hadn’t settled in Spain and wanted a return to English football, United fans have never been given any substantial reason to believe that Bale has wanted to play anywhere but Real Madrid since choosing to go to Spain in the summer of 2013.

The current rumours surfaced for a number of reasons. One reason being Bale’s continued injury troubles. Bale missed as many games as he played in La Liga due to injury this season, in what is becoming a growing theme of his time in the Spanish capital. However, unlike past seasons a host of attacking players came off the bench to prove their worth in the Welshman’s absence, chief among them was Isco, who started the UEFA Champions League final in place of Bale. This follows on to the second reason.

Now more than ever Zinedine Zidane has built a Madrid team that isn’t necessarily reliant on its star players with a wealth of attacking replacements in Alvaro Morata (heavily linked with Manchester United), Marco Asensio, and James Rodriguez (also linked with United) making sure that no individual player is heavily missed when absent from the starting lineup. This lead to a popularity poll about Real Madrid’s famed front three where Bale finished in last place, even to the option of keeping all three forwards. Finally, after making a breakout season for Monaco, and with a number of European giants circling, Kylian Mbappe let it be known that it has always been his dream to play for Real Madrid.

It is believed that this would require a world record fee and the Spanish giants have been expected to use one or two high-profile exits to finance the move. The fact that this coincided with Manchester United failing to secure suspected first choice target Antoine Griezmann earlier this summer meant that there was bound to be a reoccurrence of the links between Gareth Bale and the Manchester club. Sky sources have made it clear yet again, however, that neither the player – nor Real Madrid President, Florentino Perez – are ready to part ways.

Written by David Sagoe

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