Gareth Bale breaks silence on Ryan Reynolds' offer to come out of retirement to play for Wrexham
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Gareth Bale appears to have given an answer as to whether he'll come out of retirement and give Wrexham FC one last season of football.
Widely regarded as the greatest ever Welsh footballer in history, Bale hung up his boots in January 2023 and has been enjoying spending more time with his family and on the golf course.
The Hollywood stars recently saw the club they bought gain promotion to League Two, making it the first time in 15 years that Wrexham has been in the football league, and they're already on the lookout for some squad upgrades.
McElhenney joked that he was going to try and persuade Bale to join their squad for the next season, offering to take Bale golfing with the former footballer quipping back that it 'depends what course'.
Reynolds then offered to shave a golf course of Bale's choosing into McElhenney's back if the Welsh wonder would give them a season of football, but it looks like even that tempting offer isn't going to be enough for Bale.
Bale was directly asked about the chances of his signing on for a season with Wrexham at the Sports Industry Awards in London by presenter Laura Woods, and his answer will likely disappoint Wrexham fans.
"No, I don’t think so. I was more looking for a free round of golf off Rob," Bale said after being asked whether he could be tempted out of retirement for even just one more season.
He said: "I'm sure we'll have a chat and a joke but I'm quite happy where I am spending a lot of time with my kids and my wife, time that I've lost so much of over the years being committed to football.
"So yeah, just enjoying family life and playing some golf."
Some Wrexham fans haven't yet lost heart in the possibility that they could at least see Bale step onto a football pitch in a Wrexham shirt, even if it's not going to be for a full season.
There have been a few who reckon that while he wouldn't sign on for the entire season at Wrexham, Bale might consider donning the red jersey for their US tour in July to make something of a guest appearance.
It still seems a bit unlikely but if they didn't dream about what was possible and allow themselves to hope it might be even just a little bit true then they wouldn't be football fans.