Louis van Gaal and Manchester United have had two £100million bids for Gareth Bale turned down this summer, according to reports.
The Welsh winger endured a tough second season at the Bernabeu and has been continually linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer.
According to The Sun, Manchester United have twice made world record offers for the 26-year-old but both were turned down, with club president Florentino Perez refusing to deal with the club, even though he wanted to sign David De Gea.
United apparently ‘bombarded’ Real Madrid with offers in an attempt to force the Spanish giants to meet their £40million asking price for the goalkeeper.
Bale never wanted to leave the club according to the paper, and speaking on Monday new Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez said that he expected a “happy” Bale to stay in Spain and have a “good season” with the club.
The former Liverpool and Chelsea boss has been experimenting with a new look attack that has seen Bale play in a more central position than he did under Carlo Ancelotti.
“I’m not going to talk about offers,” said Benitez at a press conference. “Everything is well and he’s (Bale) going to have a good season with us, I’m sure.”
“Gareth is a huge player for us and I know that he’s happy.”
Benitez also added that he thinks Karim Benzema will stay; the French striker has been linked to both Arsenal and Manchester United.
“My answer is that I think Benzema is going to stay with us. I’m very happy with him.”