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Bale: I rejected Sir Alex and Man Utd to join Tottenham

Gareth Bale admits he turned down Manchester United to join Tottenham. The Spurs star revealed Sir Alex Ferguson was keen to sign him as a teenager from Southampton in 2007.

"Man United were interested in me but I wanted to play first-team football," Bale told Match of the Day magazine.

"I thought I had a better chance of getting that at Tottenham.

"The manager at the time, Martin Jol, told me he wanted me to go straight into the first team."

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