Strong words from Real Madrid star Gareth Bale who says he is happy in the Spanish capital and insists he has no thoughts of leaving the European champions any time soon. The Welsh attacker has scored ten goals in 16 La Liga appearances this season, is under contract until June 2019.
Bale has been strongly linked in recent weeks with a move to Manchester United. However, the 25-year-old told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser:
“I don’t see myself at Manchester United.
“In a recent interview I was asked if I was not happy at Madrid, but I told them that I am very happy here. I have many years left on my contract. I feel the support and love of the fans at the Bernabeu. I hope I can continue to work in order to prove what I’m capable of doing on the pitch, and to win as many trophies as possible.
“The fans are amazing. I love it when we play at home. I’m having a good time, we are winning trophies, and I want to continue to do this here, at Real Madrid.”
Since joining Real from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2013, Bale has won the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup and the Copa del Rey. Real currently lead the league standings and are also alive in the Champions League, where they will face Schalke in the Round of 16 next month.
“The reason why we have won so many titles is because everyone rows in the same direction,” Bale said. “During training, during games, everyone plays at a very high level.”
Everything at Real is planned to detail, according to Bale.
“We have tactical meetings to see who takes free-kicks,” he said. “If it’s on the left, it’s Cristiano Ronaldo, if it’s on the right then it’s me. It usually works well.
“Now that Cristiano may not play, (likely to face a two-match suspension for being sent off in Saturday’s game at Cordoba), I hope I can take the free-kicks in order to have the opportunity to score more goals.”
Bale already turned United down once when he moved to Real Madrid in two years ago. Will he do it again if United come in with a world record breaking bid this summer? And just as importantly, will Real Madrid be able to turn down a £120 million bid?