FOOTBALL: Gareth Bale reveals why he snubbed the chance to be Manchester United’s main man

Bale has no desire to ‘do a Neymar’ and seek all the limelight at another club.

Gareth Bale has hinted that he stayed at Real Madrid to win trophies, rather than joining Manchester United to be a big fish in a small pond.

The Welshman was briefly linked with a move to Old Trafford over the summer, with Jose Mourinho trying to encourage him to move back to England, but he rejected the Portuguese manager’s overtures.

Instead he will remain at Real as the Spanish giants look to claim a third successive Champions League title, though will undoubtedly play second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo.

But unlike Neymar, who joined PSG to escape Lionel Messi’s shadow and become the main man elsewhere, Bale believes trophies are worth more than having all the limelight.

‘Well there’s an argument for that,’ he told the Daily Mail when asked about whether it was worth winning less to be the star.

‘But I think the main thing, when you look back on your career, is that you look at your trophies. In the end that’s probably the most important thing.’

Ronaldo has been suspended for Real’s league matches and the club have struggled for goals somewhat, with fans calling for Bale to be dropped, but he says he does not listen to his critics.

He continued: ‘I don’t really look into things like that. Some people do, some don’t. I’m not too bothered.

‘I just want to go out on to the football pitch and enjoy my football. I want to do well for myself but I also want to try to help the team and win trophies. Just try to enjoy myself I think. That’s the main thing.’

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