Gareth Bale has admitted that his idol growing up was Welsh compatriot and Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs.
Both left wingers are extremely similar in their direct style of play and in his pomp, Giggs was unstoppable for both club and country.
Last season, Bale scooped both the PFA Players’ and Player of the Year Awards in a great season and is starting to really look like a world class player.
Bale’s future at Tottenham Hotspur isn’t secure despite the club standing firm that he is not for sale and the lure of playing with his idol could be a real attraction for Bale.
When asked by EA Sports who his idol was growing up, he said: “Ryan Giggs. He’s from Wales, left-footed and played left-wing like I do. It was an obvious choice.
“I’ve watched him a lot over the years – he’s an unbelievable player and a true legend of football.”
Giggs has been at United for over 25 years and has racked up over 1000 appearances for the club on route to winning over 25 major trophies including 13 Premier League titles.
Now that Giggs has taken up a player/coach role at United, Bale would have the opportunity to work underneath and alongside him. What better person to learn from than the Premier League’s greatest left footed winger and personal idol?
United are in need of a left footed winger. Under Moyes, he would have a bigger opportunity to show himself on the global scene given that Tottenham failed to make the Champions League spots, a place where Bale will want to be playing.
Widespread speculation began when Marca claimed that Bale had told Tottenham he wanted to leave and while that may not be true, it certainly placed question marks over Bale’s future.
Tottenham are standing firm that Bale is not for sale this summer just like United are with Rooney and Barcelona with Fabregas but the reality is that any player is available should the price be right.
If Rooney is to depart United, the only way that the United board would sanction it would be if a marquee signing would come in to replace him. Rooney’s value off the pitch is what makes him so valuable to the Glazers and they wouldn’t want to give that up without bringing in a marquee replacement.
His absence from Tottenham’s pre-season fixture against Sunderland was down to an injury but the cynical eye will look at that as coincidental given the speculation that surrounds his future.
Daniel Levy would no doubt be the biggest roadblock in this potential transfer but if United played a strong hand and Bale found the lure of playing with Giggs too strong, Old Trafford could have a new Welsh wizard to watch.