Gareth Bale ‘assured of Real Madrid future’

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Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has reportedly been assured that he is the future of the club amid reports linking him with a move to Manchester United.

Bale has long been linked with a switch to Old Trafford since his arrival at the Bernabeu, and his future has been cast into further doubt by Madrid’s pursuit of AS Monaco winger Kylian Mbappe this summer.

It had been claimed that Madrid would be willing to lose Bale in order to sign Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, but the The Guardian reports that Los Blancos still regard the 28-year-old as an indispensable player.

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Madrid have reportedly told Bale that they will postpone their efforts to sign Mbappe until next summer, when fellow attacker Cristiano Ronaldo will be 33.

Bale signed a new contract with the European champions last Autumn which keeps him at the club until 2022, and despite United’s ongoing interest Madrid will not sanction any sale of the Wales international.

Bale has scored 67 goals in 150 appearances for Madrid, although he was limited to just 19 La Liga outings last term.

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