Rafael Benitez has revealed he tried to sign Gareth Bale from Southampton while at Liverpool in 2006. Bale, now at Real Madrid under Benitez, moved to Tottenham in May 2007 for £7m.
Benitez said: “Back in 2006 I went to see Bolton-Southampton. We transferred a player to Southampton but they wouldn’t give us Bale.
“Then when we tried to buy him, we couldn’t. I’ve known for a long time he was a great player.”