Former Southampton, Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has stated that the signing of Welsh superstar Gareth Bale could turn Manchester United into Premier League champions again.
Bale flourished under the watchful eyes of Redknapp at North London side Tottenham before sealing a world record transfer of £85m to Spanish giants Real Madrid in 2013 and is now being linked with a return to England with Manchester United and Chelsea after he reportedly became unsettled at the Bernebeu due to the dismissal of Rafael Benitez, whom he thrived under, on Monday evening.
Gareth Bale has had an impressive season under Rafael Benitez’s tutelage scoring nine goals and creating seven others in the Spanish La Liga before the former Liverpool, Valencia and Chelsea manager’s dismissal. It is a fantastic recovery for the 26-year old after a disappointing second season with the Los Merengues despite a stellar debut season scoring decisive goals in the finals of the UEFA Champions League and Copa Del Rey.
Speaking to the BBC on Gareth Bale and the transfer links, Redknapp said: “He is a special player who can make the difference. Wherever he went, whether it’s Man Utd, Chelsea or Manchester City, or back to Tottenham he could make that much.”
“He’s a fantastic player. I think Real want to keep him but you just don’t know what clubs are thinking.” he added.
Gareth Bale has performed better than Cristiano Ronaldo in his 13 appearances in the Spanish league this season under Benitez with a 53% shot accuracy to Ronaldo’s 48% in addition to his chance conversion of 23.7% over Ronaldo’s 14.7% prompting his frustrations at Benitez’s exit.