Gareth Bale reveals he turned down Manchester United move
Wales international Gareth Bale reveals he turned down a move to Manchester United before joining Tottenham Hotspur in 2007
Gareth Bale has revealed he turned down a move to Manchester United because he feared he may not be able to force himself into the Red Devils’ first-team.
The 22-year-old, who joined Tottenham from Southampton as a teenager in 2007, says Sir Alex Ferguson was keen to bring him to Old Trafford – but the lure of regular football at Spurs convinced him to move to White Hart Lane.
“Man United were interested in me but I wanted to play first-team football,’ Bale told Match of the Day magazine.
“I thought I had a better chance of getting that at Tottenham.
“The manager at the time, Martin Jol, told me he wanted me to go straight into the first team.”
The 2011 PFA Player of the Year’s sparkling form at White Hart Lane is said to have attracted interest from a host of Europe’s top clubs, including the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid.