Ryan Giggs has urged Gareth Bale to resist any offers from Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United and stay with Real Madrid.
Giggs, 44, spent his whole playing career at United and made a record 963 appearances, but he does not believe that the former Tottenham forward — who this week became his country’s leading scorer — should leave the Bernabeu despite Mourinho’s strong interest.
“It’s Real Madrid – there are only a handful of clubs who have got that aura,” Giggs said. “Of course you would want to stay there. What’s Gareth won, three Champions League titles? The proof is in that. When you are at clubs like that, you are always going to win things. Gareth has the ability to score every type of goal and there are similarities with Cristiano Ronaldo. They both started out as wingers and they are now goalscorers.”
Giggs’s spell as Wales manager started with a 6-0 win over China, inspired by a Bale hat-trick, but he acknowledges he has plenty to learn and has singled out Chelsea’s Antonio Conte and the England rugby union head coach, Eddie Jones as his role models.
“I spoke to a lot of managers in the time I was out of the game,” said Giggs. “I was busy and always watch other sports. I was in between Conte and Eddie at a charity dinner and I was constantly trying to talk to them. That was a nightmare actually as Eddie was trying to ask me questions about Sir Alex Ferguson and I wanted to get everything out of him.”
Giggs spent four games in interim charge of Manchester United after David Moyes was sacked and found it an enlightening experience.
“I learned a lot about how lonely it was when I was United manager,” he said. “When you shut the door of your office and everyone else has gone home, you’re on your own.
“It’s good to have people around and you want those people to be the ones you trust, but it can still be a lonely place. Ultimately you’re the boss and you have to make the decisions.”
Bale will feature for the Welsh team again as Giggs’s men would play Uruguay in the China Cup final, after South American nation beat the Czech Republic by 2-0 on Friday with goals from Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.