Rob McElhenney has made a fresh attempt to coax Gareth Bale out of retirement and into the arms newly-promoted Wrexham.
The former Tottenham and Real Madrid superstar hung up his boots in January at the age of just 33, but Wrexham's owners are desperate to convince him to postpone retirement and join them at the Racecourse Ground for one last hurrah.
Speculation of a sensational return to Welsh football mounted when Bale sent a congratulatory message to McElhenney on social media following Wrexham's National League title triumph last month, and Ryan Reynolds added fuel to the fire by tweeting a photoshopped image of the player in a Wrexham kit.
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Bale later poured cold water on the idea by insisting he sent the message because he was "after a free round of golf" with the Hollywood star, but McElhenney is refusing to give up.
"Gareth, okay listen, it's just me and you talking for a second," the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia star said speaking on The Aarthi and Sriram Show. "know that Southern California is beautiful and I know, I'm from Philadelphia and I've lived here for many, many years, but you're a young man and you have the rest of your life to live wherever you want!
"But if you could just come back for one last year of glory, one last year. I believe your nation, the nation of Wales [inaudible]… do the right thing. Call me."
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In case fans needed another reason to want to see Bale in Wrexham red, Reynolds promised to shave a "professional-grade golf course into Rob’s back" if the former Premier League star accepted their offer.
The Deadpool actor added: "I think there's seriousness from our side, but I don't know that there's seriousness from his. I think he's happy."
"I'm also weirdly happy for him to do exactly what he wants to do with his life. He's given up so much for a sport that he loves. It's fun, though. I like that we can kind of do some stuff that's a little outside the box of convention when it comes to goofing around."
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