Inter Miami turned down a chance to sign Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, before the Champions League winner signed for rivals, Los Angeles Football Club.
We had earlier reported that 7 clubs in the MLS, including Inter Miami, turned down a chance to sign Marcelo. However, it appears that Marcelo wasn’t the only one who got turned down by the David Beckham-owned MLS outfit.
Well, the current coach of Inter Miami, Phil Neville, has broken his silence on why the club turned down the chance to sign Wales captain Gareth Bale.
The coach has explained that the club had other priorities at the moment and didn’t consider Gareth Bale an urgent fix to their needs.
So, if Inter Miami were interested in the Welshman, they would have been the ones unveiling him, not their rivals, Los Angeles Football Club.
Interestingly, despite not securing the signature of Gareth Bale, Inter Miami made a whopping $75,000 compensation package as per the MLS Discovery policy when he signed for Los Angeles Football Club.
However, the head coach of the football club, Phil Neville, informed reporters that the sole decision to sign Gareth Bale lay with the club hierarchy. But they weren’t interested in signing him, choosing to earn the commission instead.
“At this moment in time, I feel as if we’re still in that foundation, building block phase,” said Neville.
“And there will be times when we add the cherries and the icings on the cake.
“As much as it’s, yes, great on paper and all that business, we felt from a roster point of view, we felt from what we really wanted from this season, [Jean] and the other players hopefully we’ll bring in fit what we want at this moment in time.”
Neville, however, admitted that Gareth Bale is a great player and expressed sadness at the reality that he would make their rivals a stronger team in the league.
In what, however, looked like support for the decision by the club’s management, he said that Bale was not suitable for the current project the club was building.
“[Bale] would enhance any football team, but we have a cap at this football club, we have a certain level of player that we think will improve us in certain areas,” Neville said.
“Good luck to Gareth at LAFC. I’m glad we don’t have to play them again.
“They are ahead of us in terms of what they’re building, but we’ll catch them.”
In this article, we have highlighted all you need to know about Gareth Bale and when he will be making his debut for his new club, Los Angeles Football Club.
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