Zidane - Real Madrid will not sell Bale to Man Utd
Real Madrid coach and club legend Zinedine Zidane has stressed that Manchester United will fail in any attempt to sign Gareth Bale from the Spanish giants this summer.
Bale has been heavily linked with a move to Old Traffrd in recent months, with Real Madrid's interest in signing goalkeeper David De Gea from United fuelling rumours that a swap deal could be trashed out between the two clubs.
Yet Zidane - who played a key role in orchestrating a media campaign to get Bale to Real Madrid from Tottenham for a world record £86m in the summer of 2013 - has appeared to close the door on a possible deal.
"Real Madrid buy the best players in the world, they don’t sell them," stated the Frenchman, in quotes appearing in the Daily Mirror.
"Of course other clubs will be interested in him, he would improve any squad in the world, but the president has said he is not for sale and that is because he is not for sale.
"That will be the answer to Manchester United or any other club that asks the question.
“He was a big part of our success last season especially in the Champions League, and as we look to defend our title I am sure he will play a successful part again.”
Bale was the subject of a huge bid from United in the days before he moved to Spain and while Louis van Gaal may well have identified the hero of Real Madrid's Champions League final success last summer as a key transfer target, they may struggle to secure his signature in the coming months.