It has been reported that Real Madrid star Gareth Bale secretly harbours hopes of joining Manchester United, it has been revealed.
Rumours of a deal earlier this season faded after Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett played down his desire to leave the Bernabeu.
However, ESPN says his is all a front and the Wales international’s representatives have been playing down his move as part of a transfer strategy.
Bale is reluctant to appear to be pushing for a transfer away from Real.
Instead, the 26-year-old’s agent is working on a deal away from prying eyes as Madrid are reluctant to sell.
The report adds that the Welshman has failed to fully adapt to the team or the City and has very few friends within the squad.