David Moyes reveals he had a HELICOPTER ready to sign Gareth Bale in 2013… only for Welshman to snub Manchester United and join Real Madrid instead
David Moyes has revealed he had a helicopter ready to sign Gareth Bale in 2013 whilst he was Manchester United manager, only for the Welshman to snub him and join Real Madrid.
Both parties have gone in different directions since but could face each other again on Saturday as Bale gets set to make his second Tottenham debut against West Ham.
Moyes, now at the London Stadium, succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United but was sacked after just seventh months in the job.
But things could have been different if the Scot had secured Bale, who he wanted as his first summer signing at the time.
‘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’, revealed Moyes.
‘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.’