When asked if he could have made a purchase for Gareth Bale during his career after hearing the news of his recent retirement, Man City manager Pep Guardiola said the transfer would have been too expensive.
Imagine the devastation the Man City manager could have caused alongside the Welshman, who announced his retirement on Monday, if he had been able to make the precocious left-footed winger Leroy Sane into a player of the highest calibre.
Gareth Bale and Pep Guardiola obviously couldn’t have collaborated at the time when he was at Tottenham and the latter was at Barcelona.
But as Bale’s situation at Real Madrid began to deteriorate, joining Guardiola’s Bayern Munich team might have been the stuff of dreams.
Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane, who were particularly devastating during the “Centurions” season, were at the Catalan manager’s disposal at the Etihad Stadium.
While Gareth Bale might have been an improvement over either, it’s harder said than done to transfer one of the top names in the world.
Guardiola the manager of Man City, continued by praising the legendary British player, stating, “What a player [Gareth Bale]. Fantastic career, won a lot of things.”
“I think he represents Wales with more than 100 caps and now, he has become a fantastic golf player.”
“He was busy, but now that he’s retired, maybe he has time. The 51-year-old quipped, “I’ll ask him again, maybe we’ll play golf with the 33-year-old.
Defenses on the other side would have felt relieved, as Pep Guardiola completing a deal to get Gareth Bale would have been, to put it mildly, a terrifying sight.