Exclusive – Man United should forget about Bale, claims former coach

first_imgFormer Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen believes the club should forget about trying to tempt Gareth Bale back to the Premier League.The Red Devils are reportedly eyeing the Welshman, and it has been suggested they are even prepared to use star goalkeeper David De Gea as a makeweight in the deal.The shot-stopper is being eyed by the Spanish giants as a possible long-term replacement for 34-year-old Iker Casillas, with doubts remaining about Keylor Navas.But ex-Old Trafford coach Meulensteen believes Louis van Gaal’s side should turn their attentions away from Bale and focus on other transfer targets.“I’m not sure Gareth Bale wants to leave Real Madrid yet,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “You can see it in his performances.“It was a dream move for him to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and other world class players. He’s very happy where he is and it would be very difficult to tempt him away.”And Meulensteen added that Man United should brace themselves for a mega-money bid for De Gea in the summer.“A lot of fans wouldn’t like to see him go,” he continued. “Especially because of the season he’s having.“He took his time to settle in but this year he’s matured into a top goalkeeper who can handle the Premier League.“These things happen in football though and, if there’s an interest, then clubs will test the market.“The most important thing for Man United to do is reassure him that he is the No.1 at the club. They can give him a new and improved deal, because he’s earned that.“That’s what the players want, when they work hard for it.”last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAdventure travel specialist G Adventures have introduced a new Scottish land-based itinerary as an optional addition to three of its Norwegian expedition adventures for 2020. The new three-day itineraries include two days in Edinburgh and one in the Scottish Highlands, offering travellers a taste of Scotland in addition to their Norway Expedition.The new Scottish itinerary will include a guided walking tour of Edinburgh, taking in the sites of the Scottish Capital, including Edinburgh Castle and the National War Museum and a day trip to the Scottish Highlands. Travellers will explore the old town of Stirling, visit Wallace Monument and learn about the infamous battle of Bannockburn before visiting Deanston Distillery to taste real single malt scotch whiskey.The three new itineraries for 2020 include:Explore the Norwegian Fjords and Scottish Highlands: This 16-day adventure offers a taste of real Scotland before heading into the Norwegian Sea to explore the otherworldly fjords of Norway. Taking in UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Standing Stones of Stenness and the mystical Ring of Brodgar, this expedition travels as far north as Tromsø, known as the “Gateway to the Arctic”.Departures start 2 May 2020. Prices from AU$7,399 per person*.Cruise the Norwegian Fjords with Scottish Highlands: Setting sail from Tromsø aboard the G Expedition, this 16-day adventure journeys south along the icy cold waters of the Norwegian coastline and fjords. With experts on board, travellers will learn about wildlife and marine conservation along the way before enjoying a warm Scottish welcome and the opportunity to explore Edinburgh and the Highlands. Departures from 17 May 2020. Prices from AU$6,799 per person*.Norwegian Arctic and Scottish Highlands Encompassed: Scotland’s bustling capital city and stunning highlands kick off this 18-day adventure. Travellers will find their sea legs cruising along the Norwegian fjords to Tromsø before heading further north to the Arctic regions of Bjørnøya, Hornsund and Svalbard. Wildlife enthusiasts will revel in this Arctic region, which is home to walruses, reindeer, Arctic foxes, whales and the infamous polar bear.Departures from 26 May 2020. Prices from AU$9,399 per person*.*Prices based on shared cabins and are excluding flights.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more