Real Madrid's Gareth Bale: 'There was an argument for joining Manchester United'

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"I could have played much better when I returned and be able to do all those things with the ankle which I wasn't able to".

An ankle injury suffered last November cost Bale three months of football as Madrid continued on their path to the Spanish league title, and once most expensive player in the world has now admitted that he resorted to painkillers in order to rush back onto the pitch.

An injury-hit season for Bale, coupled with the increasing influences of Marco Asensio and Isco in the Real starting XI, had seen some Spanish media suggest that the former Tottenham player could (and should) be allowed to leave for United with Kylian Mbappé being brought in as his replacement.

Gareth Bale believes winning trophies at Real Madrid is more important than being a star man at a club like Manchester United.

There is no denying that this concluded summer transfer window has been the third straight year wherein Gareth Bale was strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Bale managed to return to play in the Champions League final in his home city of Cardiff, where he appeared for the final 13 minutes of Real's 4-1 win over Juventus.

"When you look at the team we had at the time, we feel that we should have won something". "It's all opinions. They have to sell newspapers in some way and have to write something".

He said: "I don't really look into things like that". "I knew what a good player he was". "Football is a sport which stirs passions and it's normal that everyone has their opinions".

Bale was signed as the long-term replacement for Ronaldo - who looked a goner before his incredible Champions League hat-tricks against Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid last season made him priceless once again. I want to do well for myself but I also want to try to help the team and win trophies.

"Everyone that has come in has done really well", Bale said.

"I have a lot of great memories from my time there, some not so great as well, but it was a big part of my journey", he said.

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