The reality surrounding Manchester United's £75m interest in Gareth Bale

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Zinedine Zidane is unlikely to sell Gareth Bale to Manchester United, especially mid-season.

Rumours surrounding Gareth Bale's future at Real Madrid have started up again after Rafa Benitez was fired.

The Mirror is reporting that the Welshman is unhappy at Benitez's departure, and that has alerted Manchester United, who they claim are ready to offer £75 million for his services.

Bale has long been linked with the Red Devils, and this seems like more of an opportunistic transfer story than one based in reality.

New boss Zinedine Zidane is unlikely to sanction selling Bale, especially as he refuted that the attacker would be sold as recently as October.

He was quoted by SkySports stating: "Of course clubs are going to want Gareth, he is one of the best in the world, but I am not sure how much clearer we can be.

"Gareth has made it clear, his agent has made it clear, we have made it clear, his future is at Real Madrid. We sign the best players in the world, we don't sell them."

It was a powerful statement and left fans clear about his intentions. To suddenly sell him three months later, now he is the actual manager of Real Madrid, would be a quite ludicrous action to take.

Zidane was one of the central figures behind the world record transfer to sign Bale from Tottenham, with The Independent reporting that he urged the winger to push for a move.

Now finally he has the chance to work directly with Bale and help him become an even better player, and it is highly unlikely he would suddenly remove this opportunity for both himself and the player.

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