Gareth Bale has dismissed reports that he is set to leave Real Madrid this summer. Bale, has been linked with a move to Manchester United after enduring a difficult second campaign at Madrid, which saw him criticized by both fans and the media. Bale says he will stay at Real Madrid despite enduring a turbulent second season in Spain. The Wales international has denied that he will be departing the Spanish club, insisting that he will still be a Madrid player come next season.
“Of course, yes, I will be at Madrid next season,” said Bale. “I’m a Real Madrid player and I’ll carry on as normal. My goal is to keep improving, performing and to win as many titles as I can.”
The Welshman has failed to replicate his form from his first term in the Spanish capital, when he played a pivotal role in helping them to both the Copa del Rey and Champions League titles. This year, Real have failed to win any of the three major honors up for grabs, costing manager Carlo Ancelotti his job, with former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez replacing him.
The Welshman scored 22 goals in his debut campaign but, having managed 17 in his second, Bale’s displays have come under scrutiny. “We were devastated not to be in the final this year. We tried as best as we could but it wasn’t meant to be.”
Having joined Real from Tottenham for a world-record fee of £85.3m in 2013, Bale helped the Spanish club claim their 10th European title in his first season. “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,” admitted Bale.
Bale is currently with the Wales squad as they prepare for a vital Euro 2016 qualifier against Belgium on 12 June. While rumors of a rift with Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo have also been a prevalent theme throughout the season. However, Bale insists they are ‘rubbish’, and that he enjoys playing alongside the former Manchester United man.
“People are trying to create problems which aren’t there,” he responded. “It’s good and normal training and playing with Cristiano. You train with the best players and you try to improve as much as they do.”
After a fantastic debut season in Spain, Bale came in for criticism during the 2014/15 campaign from fans and the press as he struggled for consistency. Bale came in for criticism after the El Clasico defeat to Barcelona, and after their Champions League semi-final at the hands of Juventus.