Bale Reveals Reason For Manchester United Snub

Bale Believes He Has Less Chances Of Silverware At Manchester United

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Gareth Bale says that winning trophies is the reason he snubbed Manchester United this summer to remain with Real Madrid.

Bale was linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer after a difficult season at the Bernabeu. The 28-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Real and the emergence of younger players such as Marco Asensio and Isco has put his place in the side under threat at the start of the present campaign.

But speaking to the Daily Mail, Bale says that he has more chance of winning trophies at Real Madrid even though he could have been the main man at Old Trafford.

“Well there’s an argument for that,” he says of the possibility of enjoying a greater status with United. “But I think the main thing, when you look back on your career, is that you look at your trophies. In the end that’s probably the most important thing.”

Bale suffered an ankle injury in a Champions League game with Sporting Lisbon last November. He then compounded the issue by trying to return to action too soon in an attempt to make the Champions League Final in his home town of Cardiff.

But Bale is no longer an automatic first-team choice at Real Madrid. He has started two and been a substitute in the other of Real’s three La Liga games so far this season. But he has been taken off in each of his two starts as Isco and Asensio put his place in the side under threat.

Manchester United have been linked with interest in Bale since his days with Tottenham Hotspur. They even saw a £100million bid rejected by Spurs as the Wales international pursued his dream of a move to the Bernabeu.

United are expected to return with a fresh bid next summer.