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Manchester United target Gareth Bale still part of Real Madrid’s future

Gareth Bale has been the media’s go-to player for Manchester United transfer news for a long while now, and now that Real Madrid have reportedly been looking at making an attempt to sign Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe, Bale has been finding his name sharing headlines with United once again. But now, it seems that United’s hopes of signing the Welsh wing-wizard has been dashed, as, according to a report by the Guardian, Madrid have assured him that he is the future of the club.

The club told Bale, who was signed back in 2013 for a world record transfer fee from Tottenham Hotspur, that they will not be making a move for 18-year-old Mbappe in the near future. This cements his position as the club’s future icon to eventually replace Cristiano Ronaldo, now 33 years of age. The importance of this reassurance is amplified by the context that Madrid’s arch rivals Barcelona are in the market for a major attacking signing, following the record-smashing departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, and could be interested in someone like Mbappe. Madrid potentially letting their rivals sign one of the brightest young attackers in Europe without competition is a big statement of their belief in Bale.

United will continue to monitor Bale’s situation and have maintained an interest in the attacker. Manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly still looking to add a fourth signing this summer to beef up his attacking options. But with the reassurance from Madrid that Bale will continue to be an important player for them, and even more so if the player himself is happy where he is, and there has not been any clear indication that he isn’t, Bale is a very difficult target for United to sign.

Bale has always been one of United’s most unrealistic targets in the past few years, in a sea of big-name, unrealistic targets, with the likes of Neymar, Thomas Muller, and, of course, Ronaldo himself linked with “let’s be honest this was never going to happen” moves. United did land one such big names when they signed Angel Di Maria on the back of his strongest season at Madrid, but things were very different then. Madrid had just signed World Cup show-stealer James Rodriguez, and Di Maria was the one that had to go to fit him in. Bale’s situation now is the exact opposite, with Madrid choosing not to go after the hot attacking prospect of the summer, and choosing to put their faith on their current star player.

And besides, it’s not as if the Di Maria transfer went all that well anyway.

Pursuing Bale, or keeping any active interest in the player, would be a massive waste of time for United. Madrid are adamant that Bale will be their next big superstar, and Bale doesn’t seem to be against the idea. And unlike Neymar, Bale’s €500 million release clause is surely too high for even the ambitious of clubs. If United is looking for a winger to strengthen their attack, Bale is not where to look.

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