Manchester United boss refuses to kill Bale rumours

Louis van Gaal has refused to enter into any meaningful dialogue in regards to speculation linking Gareth Bale with a move to Manchester United.

The Wales international left Tottenham Hotspur for Real Madrid in the summer of 2013, and has since gone on to establish himself as one of the best players in world football. Not only did he help Los Blancos win their tenth UEFA Champions League crown – La Decima – last season, but his overall individual record now reads 33 goals in 66 appearances in all competitions for the club.

Although he remains under contract the Bernabeu until the summer of 2019, the 25-year-old has been linked with a move to United, who are said to be willing to pay a world record fee for his services. But when asked about the speculation, van Gaal would only reply: “I cannot discuss that with you. I discuss that with my CEO (Ed Woodward) and not with anyone of the media.”

It is thought Bale cost Real a world record fee of £85million when he moved to the Spanish capital, and it has been suggested that United would be prepared to pay as much as £100million to return him to England. However, due to the impact he has had, the length of his contract and a buyout clause of a staggering £1billion, it is clear that it would take something special for Real to sell.

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