After Gareth Bale picked up his third Champions League winner’s medal on Saturday, following Real Madrid’s 4-1 victory over Juventus at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, the Wales star made a huge transfer statement.
Speaking after the Spanish giants were crowned champions of Europe for the 12th time, Bale said: “I have signed a long-term contract at Madrid.
“My family is happy and I am happy so we will continue what we are doing. We are winning trophies and I am happy.
“That’s three Champions League trophies in four years and not many people can say that. It’s great to be doing that and I want it to continue. It’s why you’re a footballer and it’s the reason I came here in the first place.”
This follows the speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United for a fee of more than £100 million, despite agreeing a new deal with Real back in October taking him until 2022 worth £350,000 a week after tax and with a €1bn buyout clause.
The 27-year-old who has been recovering from a niggling ankle injury and has not started a game for Real since April, only managed 12 minutes of play, coming off the bench to replace Karim Benzema during the second half.
Meanwhile Real coach Zinedine Zidane said of Bale who signed to from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013: ‘What’s important is that he was with us. It was very important for him to reach this final.
‘I think I was correct to pick the team that started the game and he played a little while so I’m really happy for him.
‘On top of that, he’s playing here at home. ‘As for the rest, what we’re going to do now is enjoy what we’ve achieved and the rest we’ll see for next year.
‘But first I want to enjoy it.’