Monday 24 July 2017

Real Madrid drop hint Manchester United transfer target Gareth Bale is set to stay

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale cuts a part of the netting from the goal after winning the UEFA Champions League Final. Reuters / Carl Recine Livepic
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale cuts a part of the netting from the goal after winning the UEFA Champions League Final. Reuters / Carl Recine Livepic

Evan Bartlett

Gareth Bale's future at Real Madrid has been subject of intense speculation over the past few months with Manchester United seen as his most likely destination.

The Independent revealed last month that Bale's move to Old Trafford was "much likelier" than at any point in the past, although it was still subject to several issues.

The Welshman is also thought to be keen on the switch to the north-west if Madrid decide to sell.

But the Spanish giants have just dropped a hint that he will be staying for next season.

The Welshman is the main star in marketing material for Madrid's new turquoise-trimmed home and away kit for the 2017/18 campaign alongside the likes of Karim Benzema, Marcelo and Toni Kroos - suggesting the club do not expect to see him playing in another team's colours any time soon.

In contrast, Alvaro Morata - another star heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford - is absent from the kit video and official website's promo shots.

United are hopeful of getting the Spanish forward to Manchester for a medical this week after positive negotiations with Madrid over the weekend.

Whether or not United land Bale and Morata, they look set to be one of the heaviest spending Premier League clubs this summer.

Jose Mourinho is still thought to be intent on signing Antoine Griezmann from Madrid's cross-town rivals Atletico as well as Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan.

The Old Trafford club started their spending spree with Sweden defender Victor Lindelof who is expected to sign personal terms after a medical this week.

United agreed a fee of £31m for the 22-year-old last weekend and the deal is expected to through in the next few days.

Independent News Service

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