REAL MADRID will warn prospective buyers that they want a staggering £200m for Gareth Bale.And that will be a blow to Manchester United who were reportedly ready with a £70m bid for the 28-year-old Welshman.
Bale spent most of the season on the bench for Real but was the star of the Champions League final victory over Liverpool with his two goal supershow.
And the Spanish giants have shown their determination not to let him go on the cheap with their huge valuation.
Jose Mourinho’s United will already have to shatter their wage structure at Old Trafford to land him, with the Welshman on £650,000 a week at the Bernabeu.
Bale issued a ‘come and get me’ call after scoring twice – including a stunning overhead kick goal – in the 3-1 Champions League Final victory over Liverpool.
The former Tottenham ace revealed he is fed up with not being a regular starter in Zinedine Zidane’s team and he again came off the bench on Saturday night.
“I was obviously very disappointed not to start the game,” he said.
“I feel like I deserved to start because I’ve been playing very well.
“I’ve playing well since Christmas and any player would want to start.
“For me personally, I feel I should be playing week-in and week-out and I haven’t been.
I feel like there’s still a lot more to give for me and that’s why I need to be playing week-in and week-out, that’s what I need.”
It is understood United value Bale at around £70m because of his age, at 28.
Real Madrid want more than double the £85m they paid Spurs for Bale in 2013, if they do agree to sell.
The north London club have first refusal on Bale if he leaves but his fee and wages are likely to be a huge negative for Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and possibly United.
Their top earner is currently striker Alexis Sanchez on £500,000 a week but boss Mourinho is a huge Bale fan.
Former United ace Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to backtrack slightly yesterday after claiming he was quitting Madrid immediately after the Champions League Final victory.
“Maybe it wasn’t the perfect timing to talk about personal things,” said the 33-year-old Portuguese superstar. “Maybe I’ve made a mistake, or not.
“But when you are honest, sometimes you say things that you don’t mean to, but it’s something that’s been a long time coming.
“I’ll talk in a week when I am with the national team because I don’t want to take this top moment away from Real Madrid.
“The fans who are always on my side, I always have them in my heart.
“It’s not the right moment to talk or for my team-mates to talk about the future.
“A player’s personal things aren’t the most important thing now, it might have been taken out of context but maybe I shouldn’t have said what I said.”