Gareth Bale has dismissed reports linking him with a move back to the Premier League as he vowed to stay put at Real Madrid despite a frustrating 2014-15 season.
The 25-year-old Wales international forward was an instant hit at the Santiago Bernabeu when he made a world record £86million transfer from Tottenham in summer 2013.
Bale helped Carlo Ancelotti’s side win the Copa del Rey and lift the Champions League for a 10th time in the Spanish giants’ history 12 months ago with a 4-1 extra time win against rivals Atletico Madrid in Lisbon.
However he endured a difficult second season in Spain as Real finished trophyless and Bale came in for some criticism from a section of the supporters.
It resulted in speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United in this summer’s transfer window, but Bale has now broken his silence to insist he is going nowhere.
Looking ahead to next season with former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez the new man at the helm after Ancelotti’s dismissal, Bale told The
Sun: “Of course, yes [I’ll be at Real Madrid]. I’m a Real Madrid player and I’ll carry on as normal. I am enjoying it and hopefully I can continue to.
“I feel settled. I’m looking forward now to playing and winning more trophies. My goal is to keep improving, performing and to win as many titles as I can.”
Bale is currently with the Wales squad as they prepare for a vital Euro 2016 qualifier against Belgium at the Cardiff City Stadium on June 12. Wales are 4.50 to win, with Belgium at 1.91 and the draw and 3.20.