Gareth Bale’s heroics in the Champions League final all but ended any chance of him joining Manchester United, according to reports from Spain.
Respected Spanish paper El Pais claim the Welshman’s spectacular overhead kick against Liverpool in Kiev convinced Real Madrid owner Florentino Perez to renege on a promise to sell the 29-year-old at the end of last season.
The Real Madrid owner had reportedly promised Zinedine Zidane he would sell the prized forward last summer and allow the French coach to spend a portion of the fee received on recruiting another star player.
Mohamed Salah, Eden Hazard and Harry Kane had all been tipped to make the move to the Santiago Bernabeu and it is suggested Perez agreed up until the final in May.
However, after seeing Bale net an outrageous winner to secure a third successive European title Perez changed his stance on the Wales international and is even quoted as suggesting he ‘is better than Cristiano Ronaldo.’
It is suggested Zidane was convinced to quit Real Madrid at the end of last season after growing frustrated by the broken promise to sanction the sale of Bale.
United had been heavily linked with a move for the Welshman over the summer after he hinted he was unhappy at Real, however the departure of Zidane convinced him to fight for his place in the Spanish capital.
The French manager announced his shock departure just weeks after securing his third Champions League trophy and is yet to take up a new managerial role.
Speculation continues to link the World Cup winner with the United manager’s job should Jose Mourinho leave Old Trafford.
However, the Frenchman’s agent, Alain Migliaccio, claims a move to England would not suit Zidane’s style.
Speaking to Journal du Dimanche Migliaccio, said: “I do not think that he will manage in England. It is much less his style. I have discussed it with him, it does not really attract him. He has chosen to have a year out, he will not dive in again before that is over.”