McElhenney targets Gareth Bale move after begging star to ‘un-retire’

Gareth Bale recently passed on his congratulations to Wrexham for winning the National League title, and co-owner Rob McElhenney has teased that the club could try to sign him. Bale retired from football back in January, but McElhenney is hoping that the appeal of playing for Wrexham in Wales could inspire a dramatic U-turn.

Bale decided to call time on his career at the start of the calendar year, after achieving a life-long ambition of playing for Wales in the World Cup.

The 33-year-old bagged himself a World Cup goal in the process, just weeks after winning Los Angeles FC their first ever MLS Cup title. Bale is one of the most decorated British footballers of all-time, but seemingly fell out of love with the sport after an ugly end to his time at Real Madrid.

Ever since leaving Madrid and heading to the United States, Bale was heavily linked with a Welsh return as Cardiff City were regularly mentioned as a potential landing spot. These rumours came to an end when Bale retired, but McElhenney has teased that he could give the Welshman one final offer.

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Bale sent McElhenney a video message congratulating him for his achievements with Wrexham this season, and the co-owner decided to share the clip to the world with a cheeky caption. McElhenney is aware that Bale is now taking golf extremely seriously, and invited the former footballer to a round.

“Hey @GarethBale11 let’s play golf, where I totally won’t spend 4 hours trying to convince you to un-retire for one last magical season,” McElhenney wrote as he shared the video of Bale. The likelihood of Bale reversing his retirement is slim, but there are also a lot of positives to the deal.

Wrexham are very much a team on the up, both literally and on the global scale. Wrexham achieved promotion to the Football League on Saturday for the first time in 15 years, and have become one of the most relevant teams in world football.

Bale would undoubtedly become the face of Wrexham, and would see the next season of the popular series ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ almost solely centred around him. But the physicality of League Two may deter Bale, even with the positives.

Although Wrexham are on the up, dropping to League Two may be a bit too far for Bale, someone who has won five Champions League titles throughout his career. After his short stint in MLS Bale clearly decided that enough was enough, and chose to go out on a high.

It’s likely that Bale will be invited to the Racecourse Ground one way or another next season, as he’s clearly a fan of what the Welsh side are doing. But that’s probably going to be it, unless McElhenney and co-owner Ryan Reynolds can pull off another Hollywood miracle.

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