Chris Coleman believes Gareth Bale will stay at Madrid
Wales Boss, Chris Coleman, believes Gareth Bale will stay on at Real Madrid and snub the chance of returning to the Premier League this summer, report Sky Sports.
The ex-Tottenham forward has come under a lot of flak after he – supposedly – failed to live up to expectations following his €100m move to Madrid in 2013. English giants Manchester United have made known their admiration for the Welshman and are known to have a keen interest in bringing him back to the Premier League.
Coleman – firstly, for all the selfish reasons – believes his national star should stay at Madrid. He said, “Personally I think the Premier League is such a physical demand on the guys.
“With Balely, if you are that good offensively you are going to get kicked and beat up a bit. The Premier League is the hardest league physically, so, selfishly, when I get him from La Liga he is better physically probably than when he was at Tottenham. The tempo is different in Spain, it’s slower.”
Out to prove a point
Gareth Bale himself ruled out leaving Los Blancos with his club manager, Rafael Benitez, also repeatedly (re)assuring fans that he won't be sold.
"I'm not going to talk about offers," Benitez said speaking to a press conference, as quoted in The Independent.
"Everything is well and he's (Bale) going to have a good season with us, I'm sure.
“Gareth is a huge player for us and I know that he's happy." he added.
Bale scored what was the first winning goal for Madrid in their La Decima victory over neighbours, Athletico Madrid.
This season, however, having played as a centre-forward in pre-season, he's looking forward to making that role his. Rafa Benitez has acknowledged the desire and wishes to grant the Welshman his favoured role.
Why swap Madrid for Manchester?
Back to Coleman and speaking on Manchester United's interest in Bale, he said, “Manchester United are who they are, but why is he going to want to leave Madrid?
“I know he came in for a lot of criticism and was seen at the president’s boy because of the huge transfer fee and he was targeted.
“I watched a lot of Madrid’s games and (Cristiano) Ronaldo, (Karim) Benzema, Isco were having bad times, but Balely was targeted for sure and they left him out in the cold. The newspapers gave him a hard time when most of the players were having a tough time.
“But he is strong enough and come through that and I think he will have a good season with Benitez.”