Unloved Gareth Bale favours Man Utd transfer but Chelsea are preferred choice of Real Madrid as summer move looms

Unloved Gareth Bale favours Man Utd transfer but Chelsea are preferred choice of Real Madrid as summer move looms

February 20, 2019

United have been long-term admirers of the Welshman, who moved to the Spanish capital from Tottenham in 2013 for £86million.

The winger fancies a move to Old Trafford, but Marca reckon the Bernabeu hierarchy would prefer to do business with Chelsea in order to smooth Eden Hazard’s path to the Spanish capital.

Bale is available for £131m with United going for a straight cash deal.

But the Blues, who are also keen on bringing the forward back to the Premier League, may have no choice but to use Hazard and cash on top to get the deal done.

Bale was supposed to take up the mantle for the European champions following Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus last year.

But that plan has gone to pot with the 29-year-old falling down the pecking order behind Lucas Vazquez, Karim Benzema and Brazilian teenager Vinicius Junior.

Bale’s Los Blancos team-mates have also questioned his integration into the dressing room with defender Marcelo claiming he speaks very little Spanish.

He said: "I had a very good relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo, his family and his girlfriend. I played nine years with him and it's normal to be sad.

"On the other side I have Bale, but Bale does not speak (Spanish) as he only speaks English and we talk with gestures and I say, 'Hi, hello and good wine.'"

Keeper Thibaut Courtois revealed Bale even snubbed a team dinner as it started too late.

The Belgian said: "It is very hard to describe Gareth in one word.

"I would say he has so much talent, but that it is such a shame that so often that talent is blocked from shining.

"I live like somebody who is born and bred in Madrid. I eat late, I go bed late… it is their way of life.

"The other night we had a dinner with the entire squad.

"But Bale and (Toni) Kroos did not turn up. They reckoned the dinner was too late at night.

"We had arranged to be in the restaurant at 9.30pm and we started out meal around 10.15pm and by midnight we were having coffee.

"We go to bed at around 1am. We have to train every morning at 11am. I think that is a perfect time.
"But Bale had told us 'I am not coming to join you, guys. I go to bed at 11'."

Bale was a second-half sub in Sunday’s home defeat to Girona which left Santiago Solari’s side nine points behind Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

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