Sky Sports Spanish correspondent Graham Hunter has claimed that Real Madrid star Gareth Bale will not be signing for Manchester United in January, despite the Premier League club’s interest.
The Welshman, who moved to Real Madrid for a record transfer fee worth £85 million in 2013 from Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur, enjoyed a fantastic first season in the Spanish capital, contributing greatly to his side’s famous 10th Champions League win.
And according to Mr Hunter, it will take a dramatic turn of events for United to be in the running to sign the talented winger.
“You cannot stop Manchester United aspiring to sign Gareth Bale,” he told Sky Sports’ Revista de la Liga.
Hunter added: “They (Man Utd) have the budget, they tried to sign him, he turned them down when joining Real Madrid. It will not happen unless he goes to Real Madrid and says: ‘Me and my family are not happy here.’
“But that is not the case at the moment, so I think for (now) United can forget it. In the future, maybe, but stories are just stories at the moment.
“There is more to come from him. He is not playing as a complete team footballer at the moment – with all his duties – as he was last season, but he keeps winning them games.
“And if he does what he did last season and wins them more trophies, then why should he leave?”
By Ollie Carroll