Gareth Bale’s agent has scoffed at claims the player came close to joining Manchester United this summer and says the player ‘wants to stay at Real Madrid for the rest of his career’.
United were linked with a world-record £90million move for the Welshman throughout the summer after a difficult second season in Spain for the former Tottenham player.
But the move never materialised and his agent Jonathan Barnett ridiculed suggestions United stood a chance of signing the world’s most expensive player this summer.
“No. Not at all,” Barnett told the Soccerex Global Convention in quotes reported by the Daily Telegraph after being asked if Bale was ever close to joining United this summer.
“I think he’s very happy at Real Madrid and hopefully he’ll stay there the rest of his career,” he added, confirming Bale had no intention of ever leaving Real. “He loves it there and things are going well for him.”
Barnett, who negotiated Bale’s £86million move to Madrid two years ago, also predicted that world-record figure would stand “for the foreseeable future”.
“It will be a while for somebody breaks it,” he said.
And the agent, one of the most high-profile in football, had his say on David de Gea’s botched transfer to Real from United.
“It’s a mess-up,” he said. “I don’t think it’s any Machiavellian plot. I just think somebody made a stupid mistake there.
“I don’t know who’s to blame but it’s certainly not the player.”