New Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui has seemingly put an end to rumours suggesting Gareth Bale could return to English football this summer with Manchester United.
Bale has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford ever since he moved to Real from Spurs for £86 million in 2013. Despite winning four Champions League titles in just five seasons in the Spanish capital, the Wales forward has never really been accepted by the notoruisly difficult to please Bernabeu crowd.
Rumours of a potential Premier League return went into overdrive in the aftermath of his match winning cameo in the Champions League final against Liverpool last May when he revealed that he would be considering his future at Real due to a lack of regular game time under then Los Blancos coach Zinedine Zidane.
However, with Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo having since left the Bernabeu, it seems as though things have changed, with new Real coach Lopetegui revealing that Bale will be a key part of his side for the upcoming campaign.
“Gareth is happy to play at Real Madrid,” Lopetegui told the press during his sides pre-season tour of America.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the main players in the recent history of Real Madrid. He expressed a desire to leave and we allowed him to.
“Gareth Bale is a magnificent player, with so many qualities. He can help fill the void.”
“If this is the squad I have at start of season I will be a happy man.”
When quizzed about a potential move to Manchester United, Lopetegui once again reiterated the players happiness in the Spanish capital.
“I don’t want to talk about hypothetical situations,” said the Real Madrid manager.
“Gareth is happy to play at Real Madrid. This is a fantastic opportunity for him to show his talent. He is with the team. He is happy and aligned with our goals. It is the start of an exciting path for us.”