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Gareth Bale refused to join Manchester United

Gareth Bale rejected a move to Manchester United this summer after Real Madrid had agreed to sell the Welsh international, according to reports.

We were heavily linked with a move for the former-Tottenham Hotspur winger, with some reports suggesting we had made an offer of £92 million.

Spanish outlet Don Balon are now reporting that there was indeed a deal in place between the two world football giants but that Bale refused to move to Old Trafford.

The report says that both Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, and manager, Zinedine Zidane, had agreed to the move, with the view to spending the money on AS Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe.

Don Balon also claim that Jose Mourinho had convinced our board to spend €100 million (£92) on the 28-year-old.

However, it was Gareth Bale that refused to talk with us.

It will be interesting to see where Bale goes from here.  He only made 19 La Liga appearances (17 starts) last season due to a combination of injuries and the form of Isco.  James Rodriguez has since been loaned out to Bayern Munich to free up some space in the first team squad, but Marco Asensio has since become a regular in Zidane’s side.

Bale essentially has to compete with Cristiano Ronaldo, Isco and Asensio each week for two starting positions.  Of course, if he had joined us he’d have been competing with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial to start down the left, and with Juan Mata for the right wing spot.

Real Madrid have won the Champions League in three of the past four seasons and La Liga once since Gareth Bale joined from Tottenham.  However, their 2-2 draw with Valencia last weekend has handed an early advantage to Barcelona in this season’s title race.