Manchester United couldn’t afford Gareth Bale’s wages. That is the incredible claim from the winger’s former Wales teammate, Craig Bellamy.
Manchester United have been linked with a move for the Welshman ever since his days as a youngster at Southampton, and then again during his time at Spurs. Those links have continued during his Real Madrid career.
That speculation ramped up once again earlier this summer when Bale announced that he would be considering his future at the Bernabeu after his Champions League final heroics against Liverpool.
However, Zinedine Zidane’s surprise departure, and the subsequent transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, has seen rumours linking Bale to Old Trafford die down in recent weeks.
But Bale’s former Wales teammate Craig Bellamy doesn’t believe that the Red Devils could afford a move for the 29-year-old anyway:
“Where could he go? Man United can’t pay his wages, nobody can,” he told the Daily Star.
“There’s only one club that can pay his wages. That’s the world he’s in at this moment. The wages he is he’ll have to take a massive wage cut to go elsewhere.
“And I’m sure he would do but realistically then is someone then going to go and buy him? How can a club go and spend £80m, £90m? I know Juventus did for Ronaldo but Ronaldo’s a different purpose, that’s a different world of business.
“But Gareth, how can you go and spend £80m,£90m, £100m for a player you’re not going to get any return on? Maybe as part of a part-exchange deal but Gareth won’t be part of any part-exchange deals, he’s too good a player for that.
“So I just don’t see it being a possible move for anyone to get anywhere near.”