Gareth Bale “never close” to joining Manchester United, wants to end career at Real Madrid

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Gareth Bale‘s future at Real Madrid seems very settled.

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At least, that’s the picture following these comments from his agent. The Welsh winger, 26, has been linked with a move back to the Premier League with Manchester over the past 12-18 months, but according to his agent Jonathan Barnett, that was “stupid paper talk” and his client is “very happy” at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Bale signed for Real from Tottenham Hotspur in September 2013 for a whopping $132 million, which is still the highest transfer fee in world soccer history. During the last two season’s with Real he won the UEFA Champions League title in 2013-14 and although 2014-15 was trophyless he has scored 41 goals in 94 appearances for the Spanish giants. However first during the David Moyes-era and then more recently with Louis Van Gaal in charge, reports continue to circle that Bale is “unhappy” in Madrid and wants a return to England.

Here’s more from his agent when asked if there was any truth in reports linking Bale with a move away from Real. Quick tip: United fans, you will not want to hear a single word of this…

“None. Why should he leave?” Barnett told the BBC. “Real are the greatest club in the world. I am talking for him, not for me, I am his agent and do what he tells me. He loves Real Madrid. He was nowhere near leaving – that was all stupid paper talk. He is very happy at Real Madrid and hopefully he’ll stay for the rest of his career. He’s loving it there and things are going well for him.”

So there you have it.

Bale is contracted to Real Madrid until 2019 and isn’t even halfway through the six-year deal he signed in 2013. Barnett also added that the Southampton academy graduate “has the best years of his life to come” and that “he will be the best player in the world and I think every club in the world would want him.”

Well, as Bale leads Wales towards qualification for their first major tournament — EURO 2016 — since 1958 and readies himself to become the main man at Real with Cristiano Ronaldo’s powers set to waver in the upcoming years, it’s hard to argue with that summation.