The player advised to join Manchester United
Gareth Bale joined Real Madrid from Tottenham for a then world record transfer fee of €100.8 million, signing a six year contract in the summer of 2013. He has enjoyed a successful period with the club, winning four Champions League, one La Liga title and two Club World Cup wins.
The 28 year old has been an integral part for the La Liga giants but struggled to be a regular with injury problems. He has often been sidelined for a long period of time due to his injury problems.
The Wales international endured another testing campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu last season, with injuries and tactical tinkering limiting his impact. Since his return from injury he has struggled for regular game time as former manager Zinedine Zidane preferred Isco and Marco Asensio ahead of him in the starting line up.
Though the winger proved his worth when he came on as a substitute in the Champions League final against Liverpool last month. The score was 1-1 and he scored two goals in quick succession, including a brilliant bicycle goal, to turn the match in their favor.
He threw his future at the club into doubt after the match, expressing his unhappiness over a lack of game-time under the former French midfielder.
The Welshman is set to weigh up his options this summer and has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich as well as a return to the Premier League.
Former Manchester United and Wales star Mickey Thomas has urged Bale to snub Bayern and join the Red Devils this summer. He believes that the forward could complete his perfect career with a Premier League title win.
Thomas said in The Mirror: “He’s got enough money. Surely now it’s not how much he can earn. His CV would be enriched and complete with a Premier League winner’s medal. I’d argue that is worth more than all the money he gets.
“OK, I know he has won La Liga and the Champions League with Real Madrid, but he hasn’t won the Premier League.
“I wouldn’t want to finish a career like his without a Premier League winner’s medal.
“Unfortunately, he’s had Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar blocking his path to becoming the best player in the world.
“If he came to England and started doing the business, winning trophies in this country, then it will have been the perfect career.
“He could go to Germany and play for Bayern Munich, but it’s time to prove himself in the Premier League.”
He added: “I don’t think there’s any chance of him returning to Tottenham, so there’s a great opportunity for my old club Manchester United to sign him. There’s been speculation virtually every summer about Bale coming to Old Trafford.
“This time is probably the best chance of it happening.
“I would love to see him here. He’s a match-winner, he’s got pace, he’s got goals in him – and that’s what United need.
“It’s just a pity, from United’s and the Premier League’s point of view, that Zinedine Zidane walked out on Real Madrid.
“If he had stayed, Bale would definitely have been on his way because there was a problem. It seemed that Zidane didn’t really fancy him and Bale was becoming frustrated.
“He showed what he is capable of in the Champions League final against Liverpool.
“That overhead-kick goal was world class. He would give Jose Mourinho’s side the X factor.
“They weren’t afraid to pay out big wages for Alexis Sanchez, so why not do the same with Bale? If United want to get to the next level, then he is the one.”