Madrid have secured the once-capped Brazil player on a six-year contract, with the club reported to have triggered his €50 million (A$80 million) release clause.
United made a concerted bid for Bale in 2013 before the Wales worldwide left Tottenham for the Spanish capital, and his struggles this term - coupled with the return of coach Zinedine Zidane - have led to reports that he could head for Old Trafford this summer.
But the issue is that James appears to be a similar player to Mesut Ozil - who Emery has failed to regularly get the best out of.
"I saw a good, happy Gareth Bale, even if there has been some problems on the pitch", Poyet told The Debate on Sky Sports.
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The Jussie Smollett case has brought doubts over the future of Empire , which has yet to be renewed for a sixth season. Police said Smollett hoped the incident would advance his career and secure him a higher salary.
"I think it's ideal because of the fantastic things he has done in the past few years. We are ready, he is ready", said Zidane.
Zidane's return to the 13-time European champions was confirmed on Monday and the club has wasted no time in rebuilding their squad.
Rodriguez is a playmaker who needs the team to be built around him and while he is a slightly more willing runner than Ozil, he is not a high-octane player and that's what Emery seems to want.
Zidane's side face a Celta Vigo outfit who are 18th in the table, a point adrift of safety, and also recently changed bosses, with Fran Escriba replacing the Miguel Cardoso.
'We have worked very well on the idea of a match'.