Bale: I’m happy at Madrid

Having been heavily linked with a move away prior to the Champions League final, Gareth Bale says he is committed to Real Madrid, and wants to win more trophies.

Reports before Saturday's final against Juventus in Cardiff suggested that the Spanish giants were willing to listen to offers for the Welshman, and that he was open to leaving the club should the right offer come along.

Manchester United, it was said, was his prefered destination, but now Bale, who won the Champions League in his home city, has poured cold water on that speculation by insisting he is happy in the Spanish capital.

"I don't even read anything, so I don't know what to say," Bale was quoted by FourFourTwo about the speculation.

"I'm happy here, I signed a long-term deal last summer. So yes, three Champions Leagues in four seasons will do that," Bale said.

"It's incredible, it's the reason I came to Real Madrid: to win trophies. And we're enjoying winning them at the moment.

"To play a final in your home city is incredible, but to win it is even better. So yes, an incredible occasion and great to experience.

"It's been difficult with my ankle this year. I obviously came back way too early from my surgery and I suffered a bit and obviously we were considering having more at one point. But I worked tirelessly hard to get back and to get ready for this game. So yes, just happy to get on for the last few minutes."


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The game against Juventus looked incredibly close earlier on, and at the end of the first half, with the score tied at 1-1,  it was difficult to pick a winner. But, Madrid — and Ronaldo — turned on the magic in the second half and ran away with the game.

"I think we just had to go for it," Bale said of their second half performance. "But it's just one of those things, it's a game of two halves, it's always cagey in the final and at the end of the day we're happy with the win.

"As I said it's a very special moment for me. I don't think many players have won the Champions League in the home city [where] they were born. So it's a great memory to have."