Real Madrid star Gareth Bale apparently turned down a lucrative offer from Manchester United due to the increasing turmoil at Old Trafford, according to a report from the Independent.
The report claims that Bale gave some serious consideration to a move back to Premier League despite United offering a huge £100million for him last summer. But the increasing uncertainty at Old Trafford is expected to have played a major role behind the decision to reject a move to Manchester United.
The then Real manager Rafa Benitez actually convinced him that his future remains with Real Madrid. Even since Benitez’s exit, United officials will have to do some serious convincing to start discussions with Bale and his representatives for a successful deal.
The United hierarchy saw the shocking axe of Rafa Benitez an encouraging sign in their pursuit to succeed a record breaking deal for Gareth Bale. They even reportedly re-launched a staggering £75million-plus bid to rope in Gareth Bale from Real Madrid in the January transfer window.
Although he was really thriving under recently sacked Benitez, new boss Zinedine Zidane has made it clear publicly that they will not let go the Welshman.
However, Manchester United executive Ed Woodward thinks if they can capture Bale, it will be a massive hit among the United fans but the recent uncertainty over van Gaal’s future at Old Trafford, it is believed the deal has now become more tough.
Meanwhile, Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward is keen to neglect an avalanche of public criticism and support Louis van Gaal to keep his job as Manchester United manager.
Woodward’s opinion will certainly surprise United fans, but it also indicates the political turmoil among the club hierarchy. While critics and fans think van Gaal is now like a dead man walking, United chief continues his hard works to save his job. The pressure is increasingly mounting on the Dutch manager, who went back to Holland at the weekend after the defeat to Southampton to attend his daughter’s birthday.
United fans have now completely lost faith in their manager and also booed him off after the 1-0 Southampton loss. It means the tricky-looking FA Cup fourth round away fixture against Championship promotion chasers Derby on Friday has become a massive one Louis van Gaal.