Rio Ferdinand encourages Gareth Bale to make Manchester United his next destination

by Leo Nieboer

Rio Ferdinand has insisted that Gareth Bale, while most likely to stay put at Real Madrid this summer, should make his next destination Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho publicly registered his interest in Bale ahead of Manchester United’s UEFA Super Cup defeat to Madrid but later conceded that the Welshman, after starting in Skopje, was clearly part of Zinedine Zidane’s plans for next season.

Reports have suggested that the Portuguese, behind the scenes, still wants to sign Bale and has urged the Man United hierarchy to make a £100m, but the board is not prepared to offer any more than £90m.

Ferdinand, however, has encouraged his former club to keep a close eye on Bale over the next year or so.

One caveat to the prospect of signing Bale is that, since joining Madrid in 2013, he has been injured for an average of 19 games a season. This is something the United board would have considered ahead of going all out to sign him.

But make no mistake, the Welshman is an extraordinary talent, capable of grabbing a game by the scruff of its neck, whilst also capable of producing disciplined performances, sacrificing himself so others can make a difference. He has learned to be an indefatigable team player at Madrid – something evident during their 3-1 win over Barcelona on Sunday.

And when the time comes, Mourinho should be the first to offer him a chance to make a Premier League return.

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