With the European football season nearing its close, transfer talks have started to get louder. And with Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale being one of the most talked about, former Real legend Zinedine Zidane says that they are not selling the winger to other teams.

Zidane, who played for Real from 2001 to 2006 and is now serving as a coach for Madrid’s team B, made the remark after being asked about the possibility of Bale being transferred to Manchester United. “Real Madrid buy the best players in the world. They don’t sell them,” the former player said.

The Red Devils are said to have made a bid to get Bale in 2013, but the winger eventually decided to head to Madrid. Some reports have claimed that United is once again trying to make an offer to him this summer. However, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez made clear in an earlier statement that his side is not putting Bale up for sale.

“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,” Zidane reiterated. “That will be the answer to Manchester United or any other club that asks the question.”

Despite suffering from several injurty spells, Bale has proven to be an asset for Madrid’s campaign in the La Liga. Recently, he was back in the field where he contributed in the team’s win against Rayo Vallecano last week.

“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,” Zidane assertyed.

While he is still dealing with a foot problem, Bale is also expected to return for the team’s Champions League quarterfinals match against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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