Dimitar Berbatov believes his former club Manchester United should attempt to sign Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale.
Earlier this week, El Mundo Deportivo highlights reports that Jonathan Barnett has floated his client’s availability to a range of clubs, because he desperately wants out of the Spanish capital.
It follows on from reports earlier this week from Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague who spoke on the BBC and written in Spanish news outlet Diario AS that the Welshman is angry with the situation he finds himself in and is now ready to walk out of the club.
“Apparently Bale wants to leave Real Madrid again. It seems like a soap opera that lasts a long time. What chapter are we at now? What if I go, what if I stay, that if I don't love you, that if I love you, that if I love you, that if I hate you…,” Berbatov said, as cited by Diario AS.
“Let's see, the normal thing is that at some point Bale leaves and. I'm not going to hide it, I would be delighted if he returned to England, Manchester United or the Spurs, if they could afford it.
“It is not always good to return to the place where you have been before, because you will not always be as good as when you were there.
“United could benefit from his departure, with his speed and his knowledge of the Premier League. I think it would be a great signing…if it happened.”
It has been outlined that Bale was mystified by sitting out the recent Champions League clash against Club Brugge with no explanation, as he was totally fit and injury-free for the clash.
The 30-year-old had appeared to be returning to full form and fitness in the opening weeks of the campaign but is now said to be unhappy with his treatment by boss Zinedine Zidane and the club generally.
Bale has three years remaining on his Madrid contract and his hefty wage bill meant that he had no strong desire to exit the club this summer despite the wishes of the hierarchy in the Spanish capital.
A move to Chinese football broke down at Madrid’s request – as they would not have received a transfer fee – and Bale scored twice, before being sent-off, in the recent 2-2 draw against Villarreal.
Bale has won four Champions Leagues, one La Liga title, a Copa del Rey and three Uefa Super Cups and Club World Cups during his time at Real, scoring over 100 goals across six years.