Teddy Sheringham: 29-year-old would be a game-changer at Man United

Man United legend Teddy Sheringham would welcome the addition of Gareth Bale to the Manchester United team

Gareth Bale (Photo: BT Sport / YouTube)
Gareth Bale (Photo: BT Sport / YouTube)

Teddy Sheringham believes Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale would be a good signing for Manchester United.

The Wales international doesn’t appear to have a future at Real Madrid following Zinedine Zidane’s return as manager earlier this year.

Zidane refused to use Bale in Real Madrid’s final matches of the season despite an injury crisis at The Bernabeu.

In fact, the World Cup winner has made it clear that Bale has no place in his plans for the Spanish giants over the coming season.

However, the 29-year-old is likely in no rush to leave as he has three years left to run on his six-year contract – and that will pocket the Welsh winger as much as £150m.

Former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Sheringham has advised Bale to resist the temptation to sit on the bench and collect his salary.

Instead, the ex-England international believes Bale should consider a move to the Premier League where the Wales captain can be a “game-changer” once more.

Sheringham told BetStars: “Zidane has come in and has said in so many words: ‘I want to get rid of Gareth Bale.’ If the manager doesn’t bring him on as one his three substitutes when Real Madrid are losing, he’s basically saying ‘I want Gareth Bale to go’.

“Gareth Bale will be saying what a lot of the Manchester United players will say this season, with a cigar in his mouth sitting in the corner of the dressing room: ‘Well, give me my money and I’ll go then, otherwise I’m not going anywhere because I signed a long-term contract.’

“I don’t think it is a war that Gareth Bale is going to win. If I came in to contact with Gareth Bale and had to give him some advice, I would say: ‘Get yourself out of there’. Don’t worry about the £30m that you’re meant to be earning over the next two years. You will enjoy your life a lot more if you get out of Real Madrid and play football for a club that you want to play for and that’s going to love you.

“I think he would be a good acquisition for any of the top clubs in England and I think they will all be after him because he’s a game-changer.”

Bale moved to Real Madrid in an £85.7m deal from Tottenham Hotspur in the 2013 summer transfer window.

The Welsh forward has won four Champions League titles, the La Liga crown and the Copa del Rey during his six seasons at Real Madrid.

Bale has netted 102 goals in 231 games for los Blancos.

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