Man United legend urges club to ignore World Cup and sign Gareth Bale
Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke has today pleaded with the Red Devils to make a move for Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale.
Since having enjoyed a stellar, relatively injury-free first two seasons at the Bernabeu following his move from Premier League outfit Tottenham in 2013, Welsh superstar Bale has since become something of a running joke amongst fans in Spain due to his constant injury troubles.
The 2016/17 season marked a particularly difficult period in the 28-year-old’s career, with Bale having managed just 17 La Liga starts across the entire campaign, as ankle and calf problems kept him out of action for over 4 months combined.
The recently-finished 2017/18 campaign saw Bale handed starts in just 20 of Los Blancos’ league outings, along with just 3 starts in the Champions League.
However, while injuries have once again hampered Bale in patches, a telling factor this season has been that, even when fully fit, especially over the last couple of months, the Southampton youth product was often nevertheless left out of Real’s starting XI by manager Zinedine Zidane.
As such, rumours linking Bale with an imminent departure from the Spanish capital this summer have been rife in the media over recent months, with Manchester United the side most heavily-touted as a potential destination.
Jose Mourinho is known to be a long-term admirer of the talents of Bale, and was openly seeking another body to add to his options out wide for the Red Devils last summer.
Tottenham and Bayern Munich have both also been named as suitors of Bale, with reports emanating from Spain over the last week having suggested that Spurs had taken the lead in the race for the Welshman.
Following the Champions League final 3 weeks ago, during which Bale of course emerged from the bench to play a match-winning role with a brace, many have since called into question whether Real Madrid may change their stance with regards to the availability of their explosive wide-man, after it had been widely assumed that Los Blancos would be open to selling Bale this summer.
Bale himself cast major doubt on his future at the Bernabeu in the immediate aftermath of Real’s latest European triumph, though, when he admitted:
‘For me personally, I feel like I should be playing week in, week out and I haven’t been.’
‘I’ve been doing well, scoring goals, but I haven’t been playing as much as I would like so, as I said, I am going to have to sit down over the summer and seriously consider what we do next.’
‘In his prime’
Whatever the case may be, one individual who feels as though Manchester United should be pulling out all the stops in a bid to secure Bale’s services this summer is Dwight Yorke.
Speaking in an interview with 888Sport earlier today, once-prolific hitman Yorke revealed his opinion that his former club should be ignoring proceedings in Russia at this summer’s World Cup, to instead focus all of their attentions on securing a deal for ‘perfect addition’ Bale:
‘United and Jose don’t need to look at the World Cup.’
‘No player suits us more than Gareth Bale. Yes there will always be some exciting candidates to look at but Bale is someone who excites me.’
‘He is the right age, in his prime, and will be the perfect addition.’
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June 14, 2018 at 09:22AM