Manchester United concede defeat in the pursuit of Real Madrid ace

Manchester United are understood to have conceded defeat in their pursuit to sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid this summer. The Wales international had been tipped to leave Los Blancos shortly after the Champions League final in May after he admitted that he has to feature more regularly from the starting lineup.

However, the European champions have since witnessed the surprise resignation of manager Zinedine Zidane, who has now been replaced by Julen Lopetegui and it now appears that Bale will stay put with the club amid suggestions that Cristiano Ronaldo could end his nine-year association with the Bernabeu giants.

According to The Sun, Ronaldo’s potential switch to Juventus is likely to their long-standing interest in signing the Wales international. Bale has been linked with a possible return to the top-flight over the past few seasons but the probable departure of Ronaldo may change his stance with the opportunity of featuring in his preferred left-wing position.

Over the past five seasons, Bale has pretty much been compelled to feature on the right side of the attack due to Ronaldo’s presence at the club but this may change this summer with the latter seemingly close to joining the Bianconeri. The Portugal international has often been regarded as the leader of the pack at Los Blancos but his departure may witness Bale take up the goalscoring burden, provided he can maintain his fitness.

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