Gareth Bale staying put at Real Madrid despite Manchester United speculation


Gareth Bale has said he is happy at Real Madrid winning trophies, rejecting transfer speculation associating him with Manchester United

Gareth Bale has insisted that he has no intention of leaving Real Madrid this summer amid speculation that Manchester United may attempt to sign the Wales international for a cost of more than 100 m.

Bale was a second-half substitute in his home metropoli of Cardiff as Real became the first side to retain the status as European champions since the Champions League era began with a comprehensive 4-1 win against Juventus on Saturday.

That victory ensured Bale became the first Welshman to win club footballs more prestigious tournament for the third hour at the end of a season during which the 27 -year-old has been plagued by injury.

Bale built merely 19 league appearances for the club as they won a first La Liga title since 2011. Having attempted to prove his fitness for the final, Bale did not start against Juventus with the manager, Zindine Zidane, opting instead for Isco. That has fuelled rumours that United could turn to Bale after chilling their approach for Antoine Griezmann after the Frenchman corroborated on Sunday that he would not be leaving Atltico Madrid this summer after the Spanish clubs transfer ban was upheld by Fifa.

Bale, who agreed a new deal in October lasting until 2022 worth 350,000 a few weeks after tax and with a 1bn buyout clause, was adamant that he wants to remain at the club he joined in September 2013 from Tottenham Hotspur for 85 m, which was then a world-record fee.

Ive signed a long-term contract at Madrid, he told. My family is happy and I am happy so, yeah, we will continue what we are doing. We are winning trophies and I am happy.

Ive worked double sessions for three, four weeks to get myself ready for this, to get myself fit, recover from the surgery which still has a little more healing to do but I will be able to rest in the summer, do some more rehab and then come next season stronger. Its been a tough year with a lot of football and the traumata, but the main thing for me is to get my ankle sorted and dedicate it that rest it needs. I came back too early from the surgery. But I still finished the season happy, its a great conclude with another trophy.

United tried to sign Bale in 2013 when David Moyes succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford but were thumps to his signature. The Welshmans representatives have dismissed reports associating him with a return to the Premier League, stressing that he has no desire to leave the most successful club in global football. Devoted that he has now won seven major trophies in only four years in Spain, it is hard to argue that this Madrid side is up there with some of the most successful in history.

Were used to this, Bale told. We have won three Champions Leagues in four seasons so we have to be in that category. All we can retain doing is keep working hard and hopefully there will be more to come. I think we can get better.

We are still quite young as a whole team and we have a great squad. We havent just got a great eleven, we have a great squad so if any traumata come along there are other people who can do a job. We are strong and confident and the program is to win more.

This adds to the history of this club. This club is the biggest in Champions League history ever and now we have even more. Its great to be a part of.

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