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Gareth Bale responds as Rob McElhenney offers to bring him out of retirement and sign for Wrexham

Gareth Bale responds as Rob McElhenney offers to bring him out of retirement and sign for Wrexham in a cheeky Twitter post on Tuesday.

The ex-Southampton, Tottenham, Real Madrid, Los Angeles and Wales player called it a day on his playing career for both club and country at the age of 33 after announcing his retirement in January.

McElhenney, who is co-owner with Ryan Reynolds at Wrexham, is absolutely buzzing to have seen his side win the National League and a place in League Two.

Wrexham’s 3-1 victory over Boreham Wood on Saturday at the Racecourse Ground ensured that the Welsh side would be in the EFL for the first time in 15 years.

After discovering the news, Bale sent a video message to McElhenney by praising him for the work he has done at Wrexham.

“Hi, Rob. Just want to congratulate you for your promotion and everything you’re doing at Wrexham,” he can be heard saying.

Did it get people talking? Sure it did, even more so when Rob McElhenney replied: “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 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 ❤️”

Did it end there? No, Bale then teased fans further by responding: “Depends on what course…”

This caught the attention of Ryan Reynolds on Wednesday morning, tweeting: “I will shave a professional-grade golf course into Rob’s back if you’ll give Wrexham a season. ⛳️

“Update: after an online image search, it appears Rob does not have the requisite body hair to support this plan.”

Meanwhile, Wrexham boss Phil Parkinson has spoken about how e’s now preparing for life in League Two.

“We are savouring the moment,” said Parkinson, as per The Leader, Wrexham. “I think that is important.

“Myself and Shaun Harvey will meet towards the end of this week and assess the squad ahead of the next campaign.

“We will speak to the owners like we do and tell them our thoughts.

“We have purely focussed on getting over the line, now we can make decisions on the squad and see what we feel we need to add.

“The squad is good. We are pleased with the quality level in the group; there are a lot of players who have played above this division.

“Since I came in, the aim was always to build a squad which would grow with the club.

“We identified the players we feel could progress with us as a club and there is a great core of those who will be looking forward to the next stage of the journey.

“We have also got contract decisions to make.

“We will speak to the lads. We have got a game on Saturday first, we will get that out of the way and then we will make decisions on players.

“A lot of the younger players are out of contract as well so we need to assess those too.”

Executive director Humphrey Ker claims the squad only needs a few signings, knowing they have a good enough team and should they need new players, they can easily attract them in.

“This is a team that has beaten Coventry and ran Sheffield United close over two games in the FA Cup,” he said in the same report.

“We’ve accrued a record number of points in the National League and we think we’re ready to go again with some minor changes.

“Our mission will always be to try and get the best players we possibly can for each situation.

“Previously we’ve had to pay a bit of a premium to get people to come down to the National League because of the stigma that exists over non-league or Conference football. As we go up, I think we’ll have less of a challenge attracting people.

“I know Phil and Les Reed, who has been helping us as well on the recruitment side, are inundated with incoming calls from players because this is a place where people want to come and play football.”

Here’s what fans said as Gareth Bale responds after Rob McElhenney offers to bring him out of retirement and sign for Wrexham…

@fixedw: Since we are asking for things, bring Marcelo Bielsa to Wrexham, he likes those types of sports projects. Dream big.

@UpTheTown1864: Viva Gareth Bale ❤️ this would just be another string in your legendary status and be a truly great way to thank North Wales based fans who travelled all over the world to support you with Wales, even home games were logistical nightmares…

@awdavies1: Would it help if @VancityReynolds composed a little birthday song for you?


@TarylT: Pay for his golf memberships for a season or two and he’ll jump at the opportunity 👍🏻🤣👌🏻

@ymaohyd64558412: Buy him a beer Rob and we’ll see if we can get a bridge named after him! Is that enough of an incentive Gareth? – never mind the money! 😁

@WelshBoy_92: I really don’t know what to expect with this Club anymore 😂 but to see Bale play at Wrexham and to see him play for one more season 😍😍😍 I would have said it was a dream but anything is possible at @Wrexham_AFC 👍👍

@Finnas_13: C’mon Buddy! You know you want to! 👍😃 Great Team, Great Owners! Be a part of History 👍😃🙌

@AndyRob28264048: Wrexham Golf Club sounds like a plan.

@Chris_Hazy: Come on Gareth, you know you want to join in the fun, make my day 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿✅

@gavinfrance: Yeah but who are you gonna drop!

@WrexhamCanada: Gareth, don’t tease me like this.

@GoodLinus: I never wanted a transfer to happen more than this!

@gracejones10x: gareth don’t do this to me 😅 pls sign xx

@grumps1000x: Come on @GarethBale11 make this happen! One season helping Wrexhams madness continue!

@CochionDubaiUAE: Work that magic @RMcElhenney, @VancityReynolds says you are very persuasive 🤣

@beardywxm: Viva Gareth Bale 😍😍

@ScottMoreton5: It’s not even post season yet and its starting. Love the silly season 😜

@AntAntshell4: The dream is real

@bettyw578: 🤣🤣 love it ooh imagine that Gareth Bale playing for us at Wrexham 😍

@GogDemi: Now that would be very very special

@RedWallNews1: The king of Wales. Love you Gareth 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

@LowriDwd: That would just be amazing 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

@BettyGlover_: oh my god imagine 🥹

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