Wales international Gareth Bale has told Real Madrid that he would only consider leaving the Santiago Bernabeu for one club - Manchester United.
According to a report from Spanish publication Diario Gol (h/t Sport Bible), Bale's agent, Jonathan Barnett, held talks with Madrid's higher-ups; in those talks, Barnett indicated that his client is only willing to depart Spain for Jose Mourinho's side. It is said that the agent told Los Blancos to listen to offers for the Welshman, should United submit an offer.
Gareth Bale's agent has come out and admitted there is only one club he would leave Madrid for... https://t.co/euPQGXIeVE— SPORTbible (@sportbible) July 8, 2017
Bale has failed to find much-needed consistency in his match-time at Madrid. Perhaps the most significant cause of his inconsistencies has been his persistent injury troubles.
In his first full season alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and company, Bale suffered six injuries, sidelining the former Tottenham man for 17 matches. Over the span of the 2015/16 campaign, Bale's fitness issues returned with the wide man missing 23 matches. However, the most recent season represented Bale's worst season yet in terms of appearances as he missed nearly half of Madrid's competitive fixtures.
And while Bale, when fit, still produces top performances, his fitness struggles have impacted his overall productivity as well. Bale mustered just 12 goals last season - a figure hardly becoming of the world's second most expensive signing.
Moreover, Zinedine Zidane's side has continued to thrive when Bale has not been in the squad. The emergence of Spain international Isco has seen many calls for Bale to be left out of the starting XI even when he is fully fit. In fact, Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly preferred Isco started ahead of Bale in the Champions League final.
Nevertheless, Bale would represent an excellent signing for United. The Reds failed to register enough goals in the Premier League, ensuring that Bale's goalscoring talents would certainly be welcome at Old Trafford.