David Moyes: I was desperate to take Gareth Bale to Man Utd

David Moyes: I was desperate to take Gareth Bale to Man Utd


Real Sociedad boss David Moyes has said he wanted to sign Gareth Bale for Manchester United when he was in charge of the Old Trafford club.

The Scot spent nine months in charge of the Premier League but never really had the trust of the fans or the players to lead the club forward and was replaced by Louis van Gaal. He was linked with a number of high profile signings when he first took over, including Gareth Bale, who was playing for Spurs at the time.

Bale signed for Real in the summer of 2013 for a 91-million euro transfer fee and wrote himself into Los Blancos folklore by scoring a stunning goal against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final and the crucial second goal in the Champions League final against Atletico de Madrid.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Moyes revealed how he was keen to sign the Welshman, but he had his heart set on Madrid.

“Gareth Bale is an outstanding player. I was desperate to take him to Manchester United from Tottenham, but couldn’t quite get him. He had his heart set on going to Real Madrid. He was very much on my radar as soon as I went to United. He can score goals, can make goals, he’s got speed, he’s physically capable, and I think next year he will be a big star in Madrid,” he said.