Both Manchester United and Chelsea have been told to forget about any plans they might have had regarding the signing of Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale.
The two Premiership powerhouses have been linked with a summer move for the Welsh international after some lacklustre displays for Los Blanco’s this season that gave the English clubs hope that the Spanish Giants would be prepared to offload Bale this summer.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez sees the situation differently, and is adamant that the 25-year-old will remain in Spain.
“We would never listen to any offers for Bale no matter what the bid was,” Perez said.
“He is a unique player who has already given so much to the team.
“He is the key to the club’s future, just like I cannot imagine a future without Cristiano Ronaldo.”
Following Bales recent performance for Wales against Israel in which he scored two goals there is talk in the Spanish capital that he should be given the kind of freedom Lionel Messi is afforded with Barcelona rather than being solely limited to the right side of the pitch as is the case in trainer Carlo Ancelotti’s 4-3-3 system.