Vincent Tan has revealed how close Cardiff are to signing Gareth Bale and admitted he could one day play for the club again.
Bale ended speculation over his future when he announced he would join Los Angeles FC from MLS.
Cardiff had hoped to lure the Wales star back to his hometown after leaving Real Madrid on a free transfer.
Bluebirds owner Tan admitted talks had taken place and Bale was very keen, but a move to America proved too good.
He told talkSPORT: “We were very, very excited and of course it would have been a big hit for us and would have been great for Gareth Bale to play for his hometown.
“Everyone would be happy if Gareth Bale came home and played Cardiff, but unfortunately the offer was too attractive to turn down.
“Actually he wanted to come originally, money was not the problem. We still tried to make him a good offer, but in the end we had to close when there are a lot of big advertisers The trade deals there were very good, the trade deal was very good for Gareth Bale.
“We tried our best, but we failed.”
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Tan has opened the door for Bale, who turns 33 in July, to join Cardiff a year from now after this winter’s World Cup where he will play for Wales.
He added: “His contract is for 12 months. We’ll see what happens. Maybe in 12 months Gareth will want to come back and come home to serve Cardiff, his hometown.
“He’s never played at Cardiff, a club he and his family are fans of. Hopefully in 12 months he’s still young, he’ll be back at 35 and some will be playing until he’s 40.
“He’s still a few years old and I hope he comes to play for Cardiff.
“It wasn’t really about the money. Gareth wanted to help Cardiff and help Wales. It wasn’t really the money, that’s why we were able to negotiate with him.
“He did his best, but I think LAFC’s offer is too big to turn down.”
Coincidentally, Tan has strong ties to LAFC and originally helped fund the franchise when it was founded in 2014.
He said: “I owned 40% and funded another of the shareholders, also from Asia. He couldn’t find any money so I lent him some money.
“Over 50% was funded by me initially. After a while I decided I had too many clubs and it would be too stressful.
“There was a reasonable offer and I sold my entire stake to American investors.”
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