Gareth Bale rejected the chance to become Manchester United’s focal point to focus on winning more trophies at Real Madrid.
The Welsh winger has always been linked with Old Trafford as the replacement for Ryan Giggs.
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And this summer the speculation heated up with Jose Mourinho openly admitted trying to lure the former Spurs and Southampton man back to the Premier League.
Spanish fans at Madrid were also open to the idea of cashing-in on Bale as they want Isco and superkid Marcos Asensio to play more pivotal roles.
But Bale told the Daily Mail that the chance to step out of the giant Cristiano Ronaldo shadow cast over the Bernabeu was never an option while so much silverware was on the menu.
When asked by Pete Jenson if he understood the idea of swapping medals for main-event status, Bale said: “Well there’s an argument for that.
“But I think the main thing, when you look back on your career, is that you look at your trophies.
“In the end that’s probably the most important thing.”
Bale was signed as the long-term replacement for Ronaldo – who looked a goner before his incredible Champions League hat-tricks against Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid last season made him priceless once again.
The ex-Manchester United man is still the No1 Galacticos but Bale takes no notice of critics who claim that status is a failure on the part of Bale to usurp the 32-year-old super-human.
He said: “I don’t really look into things like that. Some people do, some don’t. I’m not too bothered.
“I just want to go out on to the football pitch and enjoy my football.”