“Gareth Bale was probably the first name I thought of when I got the job,” David Moyes told Daily Mail.

“I thought Gareth Bale was a Manchester United player. He was the right type. United have a great history of wide players with George Best up to Ryan Giggs and a whole of a lot of other brilliant ones in between.

“I wanted Gareth Bale to be my first signing at Manchester United. But it was already down the road a bit with Real Madrid. I tried to hijack it. I tried to get him. Manchester United offered more money than Real Madrid. They offered more money to the player.

“We did everything we could to try and get the player. We even had a helicopter at the training ground to take him and bring him back. We thought we had a chance. But he chose real Madrid and he made a brilliant decision because he went on to win four Champions Leagues. He’s had a brilliant career,” he added.

Bale has indeed won 4 CL titles at the Bernabeu but it doesn’t change the fact that the Welshman has never reached his full potential in Madrid. His journey has however been a rollercoaster full of ups and downs at the Spanish capital.

The 31-year-old returned to Tottenham on loan in the summer as he appears to have fallen out of favour with Zinedine Zidane.

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