Welsh prodigy Gareth Bale snubbed Manchester United for Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur’s coveted left midfielder Gareth Bale has revealed he turned down the opportunity to play for Manchester United in fear of being overshadowed. In a recent press release the Welshman admitted he received interest from United a couple of years back.
Bale further informed that he didn’t want to join the Red Devils because he feared his struggles for a regular start would be futile. Bale went through a tough transformation of a traditional winger to an attacking midfielder that operates as a winger as well as a forward.
Bale has certainly blossomed for Spurs and in the process has become one of the most talked about players in world football. Bale has established himself as a key figure in Spurs starting lineup; one that is irreplaceable.
The 22-year-old has attracted interest from around the world. Top notch clubs like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus are willing to break banks in order to acquire him. Even Manchester United has shown interest in signing him again.
United’s manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he is a fan of Bale’s game play. The Scottish gaffer is ready to pay top bucks for the player’s services.
“Man United were interested in me but I wanted to play first-team football,” Bale told Match of the Day magazine in an interview. “I thought I had a better chance of getting that at Tottenham.
“The manager at the time, Martin Jol, told me he wanted me to go straight into the first team.”
Bale could have played England instead of Wales. The Welshman disclosed that the debut for his country was an “emotional” moment.
“That was an emotional debut,” Bale said, who made his international debut against Trinidad & Tobago in 2006. “When I came on I knew I was the youngest ever Wales international, at the age of 16.”
Bale is rumored to be interested in an away move to Real Madrid this summer. Manager Jose Mourinho has been closing in on Bale since last summer but Spurs manager, Harry Redknapp refuses to let go off his prized possession.