Blow to Manchester United: Bale to be offered new contract at Real

Sankha Ghosh / 22 March 2016
Bale to be rewarded new contract-by Real Madrid

Real Madrid are desperate to tie down Gareth Bale to a new lucrative long-term contract, which will put him among the world’s top-earning footballers, according to a report from The Telegraph. If the latest report is to be believed then it’s a huge blow for Manchester United as they were chasing the Real attacker over the past few transfer windows.

Bale has been in outstanding goalscoring form for the La Liga giants this season and extended his goal tally in Sunday’s 4-0 victory over Sevilla. That goal made him the highest-scoring British and Irish footballer ever in La Liga, leaving behind Gary Lineker’s record of 42 goals. The former Tottenham forward has now bagged 43 goals in 76 appearances.

The new contract would also mean a pay increase surpassing his current £300k-per-week wage, strengthening Real’s belief that he has emerged as the central figure of the team – ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo. It should also stop the ongoing debate whether Bale has been a success in Spain or not. The new contract will certainly deliver a huge blow to many suitors who were hopeful of tempting him away from Santiago Bernabeu.

Manchester United have long been believed a front-runner to land Gareth Bale, but their hopes of signing him this summer will be all but destroyed once Bale signs a new deal. Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and a number of other Premier League clubs were also linked with the 26-year-old in the past.

Real at present have the threat of a transfer ban looming large ahead of the summer window, and are keen to make sure that Bale is secure as a major part of their long-term future to move through their embargo. The likes of Isco, James Rodriguez and even Ronaldo have been speculated as possible players to leave the club if funds required to be raised.

Gareth Bale’s next game will be when Real face Barcelona in El Clasico on 2nd April, the first fixture after the international break. Interestingly the Real Madrid star has not been called up by Wales following his recent calf injury, and the player will be desperate to get back to full fitness over the next couple of weeks before the closing weeks of the season and Euro 2016.