Manchester United’s chances of signing Gareth Bale have been dealt a blow after the Welshman reportedly told Real Madrid he wants to stay at the club.
Spanish sports newspaper AS report there has been “a lot of contact” between Bale, his agent Jonathan Barnett and Real Madrid in recent weeks.
The Welshman has reportedly now told the club of his desire to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu for the coming season despite seemingly not having the backing of the Los Blancos fans.
Bale was whistled by his own fans during his side’s recent La Liga victory over Athletic Bilbao and AS report he met Real Madrid’s Managing Director Jose Angel Sanchez at the beginning of the month.
Sanchez is believed to have told Bale the club would “facilitate” his exit if he wanted and they would even let him “choose his next club” if they received similar offers.
However, Bale has now reportedly rejected this offer and is determined to stay in Spain.
Manchester United have been linked with a move for the winger, with some reports suggesting they could offer a loan move for the Welsh international.
Bale’s former club Tottenham Hotspur are also said to be monitoring his situation at Real Madrid with an eye for a return to North London.