Shaun Custis believes Gareth Bale would have to be ‘dragged kicking and screaming’ from Real Madrid back to the Premier League.
Reports have surfaced in the past few weeks that Manchester United have shown strong interest in signing Bale and may launch a mammoth bid for the Welshman.
However, the 25-year-old appears to be settled in the Spanish capital and has certainly impressed on the pitch after arriving for a world-record fee of £85.3million in the summer of 2013.
Custis of The Sun told the Sunday Supplement that while he would love to see Bale back in the Premier League, he thinks it is unlikely to happen any time soon.
“Gareth Bale was obsessed with going to Real Madrid and as far as I understand still loves Real Madrid and has no wish to come back,” he said. “If you talk to his advisers they claim to have no idea where this is all coming from about a possible return.
“I would love to see him back because he is a tremendous player, but I think he would have to be dragged kicking and screaming out of Real Madrid because that’s where he wants to be.”
“We know that Man United would love to get him if they could, but is it wishful thinking? There are some who say at Madrid that the fans aren’t 100% behind Bale and some who think he is ok, but we could move on. But every time we see Bale he scores amazing goals.”
Since moving to Madrid from Spurs in the summer of 2013, Bale has not only impressed on an individual level, but has added plenty of trophies to his cabinet too.
He has won the Champions League, Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup, and appears to be on course for more success this season.
“We should be very proud of what he has done out there,” said the Sunday Mirror’s Andy Dunn. “He was one of the 2014 highs. Going to Real Madrid, bearing in mind the price tag and being next to Cristiano Ronaldo, and proving himself as a big-game player.
“You would think the only reason he would come home is if he does miss being in England, but there is no suggestion he does.”
According to reports in the Daily Mirror, Madrid may demand goalkeeper David de Gea in part-exchange for Bale.
But the Daily Telegraph’s football correspondent Henry Winter thinks no matter how good Bale is, United should prioritise strengthening other areas.
“Another flyer, however world class, is not on their list of priorities,” he said. “(They need) Three defenders and (David) De Gea has been their best player this season, so they have to hold on to him.”