Rio Ferdinand urges Real Madrid star to sign for Man United

Rio Ferdinand wants Gareth Bale to sign for Man United from Real Madrid this summer

Rio Ferdinand
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand Photo: BT Sport

Rio Ferdinand has challenged Gareth Bale to sign for Manchester United and “dominate” the Premier League.

The Wales international’s future has been a source of speculation in recent days after he hinted that he will be considering his future this summer following his lack of playing time at Real Madrid.

Bale came off the bench to score twice in Real Madrid’s Champions League final win over Liverpool FC on Saturday night, but he appears to be upset about his limited playing time under Zinedine Zidane.

Manchester United have been strongly linked with a move to sign Bale, 28, in the days since the final, although it remains to be seen whether there is any truth to the speculation.

Now, former Manchester United midfielder Ferdinand has admitted that he would love to see Bale return to the Premier League and sign for the Red Devils.

Ferdinand wrote on Instagram: “Whatever anyone has to say about him he has etched himself into the history of Real Madrid, a club that prides itself on winning the biggest prize in European club football.

“Now I feel it’s up to him to decide what he wants. Some will say he has nothing to prove and I understand that to a certain extent but does he want to go somewhere and be the main man and take on the full responsibility of a club who want to win?

“Or does he want to remain and continue in the role he is in now, as the supporting cast…?

“Personally I would love to see him come back to the Premier League – preferably with Manchester United – and dominate.

“Write a new chapter as a leader of a club, the go to guy at all times, the icon. This is what the greats do in all sports not just football, it elevates them.”

Bale scored twice in the second half for Real Madrid as they claimed a 3-1 win over Liverpool FC to win the Champions League for the third season running.

The Red Devils, meanwhile, ended the season without a trophy after they finished second in the Premier League and lost the FA Cup final to Chelsea FC.

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