Bale set to leave Wrexham owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney disappointed
Reynolds and McElhenney join Wrexham players on bus parade
Wrexham’s audacious attempts to sign Gareth Bale appear to have ended in failure after a flurry of public pleas from Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. The Wales star has been heavily linked with the Welsh club following their promotion back to the Football League, but the former Tottenham ace is set to turn down their offer to come out of retirement as he plans to move to a new area with his young family.
The 33-year-old announced he would be retiring from the sport in December after playing in the World Cup with Wales, having been released by Real Madrid earlier in the summer. Stepping away from football has allowed him to engage with his true passion for being a golfer, but Wrexham have done their utmost to entice him to the Racecourse Ground.
Hollywood stars Reynolds and McElhenney have both made several attempts to lure the Welshman to their club ahead of next season after being promoted to League Two as National League champions.
But their lucrative offers, including rounds of golf and a personal call from Reynolds, have fallen on deaf ears, with Bale planning to move his family to the South East.
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The father-of-four – who married his childhood sweetheart Emma Rhys-Jones in 2019 – pulled up outside a private school in a Lamborghini Huracan with his five-year-old son, Axel.
Bale took the youngster on a tour of the £15,000 facility and then reportedly joined in a light-hearted kickabout with some of the pupils at the unnamed school. According to The Sun, a source is quoted saying Bale is ‘intent’ on moving to the South East, which would put him over 200 miles away from Wrexham.
And that could be the final nail in the coffin in terms of trying to attract the veteran winger to the club this summer, despite Reynolds’ and McElhenney’s financial muscle allowing them to offer more than most other clubs below the Premier League.
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His long-time agent Jonathan Barnett has already poured cold water on the proposed move, saying earlier this month: “I can say there will be no move to Wrexham. Gareth doesn’t want to play football anymore.”
It means that Wrexham’s hopes of landing the 114-cap Wales hero are all but over. They had ambitions of bringing Bale – who once held the world record for a transfer fee after Real Madrid spent £85million to sign him from Spurs in 2013 – back to his native land after snagging Ben Foster on a short-term deal.
Bale would have represented a huge capture for the club, given that he won La Liga three times in Spain in addition to five Champions League titles, but Wrexham’s hopes of him repeating similar heroics in their red shirt appear to finally be over.
However, it is only the start of their journey as far as Reynolds and McElhenney are concerned, with a sizeable investment in transfers expected this summer.
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