Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has expressed his support for the Red Devils’ proposed move for Gareth Bale.
Speaking to Goal, the Belgium international claimed that Bale was a ‘great player’.
“Everyone in England knows his quality because he played for Tottenham” began Fellaini, “and he had a great season.
“But now he is at Madrid, we’ll see at the end of the season.”
United launched a mammoth £110 million-bid for both Bale and his Real teammate Rafael Varane earlier this week, but the approach was rejected by the Merengues according to the Daily Express.
It remains to be seen whether United will return to the Bernabeu with an improved offer, although the indications are that the Spanish giants are not looking to offload one of their prizes assets.
Upon his arrival at the club earlier this week, new coach Rafael Benitez outlined his plans for Real and expressed his desire to build his team around the 25-year-old Welshman according to the Telegraph.
During his first season in La Liga, Bale achieved great success and was influential as the Spanish giants won their tenth European Cup.
This year, however, despite managing 13 goals and nine assists in 31 league outings, he has received criticism from the club’s fans, and was particularly singled out for abuse following Real’s Champions League semi-final elimination at the hands of Juventus following a 3-2 aggregate defeat [via The Guardian].
David Moyes recently admitted that he had attempted to bring Bale to Old Trafford two years ago, upon his arrival at the club and amidst the Red Devils’ muddled summer of transfer dealings, according to Sky Sports.
The former Everton boss considered Bale alongside the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Fabio Coentrao and Leighton Baines in the summer of 2013 [all via the International Business Times], but ultimately, the only significant addition he made to his squad that summer was Belgium international Fellaini, who signed from Everton for £28 million.
Over six years in the Premier League with Spurs, Bale managed 42 goals in 146, and featured 23 times in the top flight as Harry Redknapp’s side secured a spot in the Champions League in 2010.