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Steal Gareth Bale from Real Madrid in return for David De Gea: Gary Neville

Martin Joseph
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4.98K   //    18 May 2015, 21:07 IST
David De Gea and Gareth Bale
David De Gea (left) and Gareth Bale have been subject to intense transfer speculations 

Louis van Gaal admitted after Manchester United’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal that it would be difficult to hold on to David De Gea beyond this season. This could mean that the goalkeeper might have played his last game at the Old Trafford. Speculations are mounting about the future of the Spanish shot-stopper who only has a year left on his contract.

Former Manchester United legend and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville feels that United should make use of the situation and add Gareth Bale in any deal that the two clubs make. “Real Madrid are particularly aggressive,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“They have been previously and once a player only has a year left on his contract Manchester United have a decision to make if Real do come for him, as it looks like they will,” he further added.

Rival EPL clubs will also want to sign Bale: Neville

The former Red Devils captain suggested that United should take this chance to open talks for Gareth Bale in return for De Gea. “Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool will all want Gareth Bale.

“So if you are going to give Real a player I think it would make sense to try and get Bale and steal him in return for De Gea,” Neville suggested.

The former Atletico Madrid keeper has been in exceptional form this season and was one of the standout players for Manchester United. Neville hoped that after such a fine season, the 24-year-old would have opted to stay. But he concedes that the move to Los Blancos looks almost inevitable. 

“You saw the fans, they were signing his name. They are singing his name in appreciation of the season he’s had. He’s been Manchester United’s player of the season and they’ll be saying, please stay.

“With his form this season I was always hopeful he’d stay but with the wave of noise in the press it just looked to have an inevitability about it,” he said.

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