Real Madrid is where I want to re­tire – Bale

> New con­tract ties Welsh­man un­til June 2022

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pres­i­dent Josep Maria Bar­tomeu says con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions will take place with 29-yearold Ar­gentina for­ward Lionel Messi “in the next cou­ple of months”.

MAN­CHES­TER UNITED and Eng­land winger Jesse Lin­gard, 23, is set to sign a new con­tract that will dou­ble his £30,000-aweek wages.

POR­TU­GAL winger Goncalo Guedes is a tar­get for United, but the 19-year-old wants to stay at Ben­fica un­til the end of the sea­son.

LYON are set to of­fer a new deal to 25-year-old France striker Alexan­dre La­cazette, who is a tar­get for West Ham.

CHELSEA are set to loan out Spain mid­fielder Cesc Fabre­gas, 29, in Jan­uary.

THE BLUES are keen to sign Paris St-Ger­main’s 27-year-old Ar­gentina mid­fielder Javier Pa­s­tore.

MAN­CHES­TER UNITED have no in­ten­tion of sell­ing 27-year-old Ar­me­nia mid­fielder Henrikh Mkhi­taryan in Jan­uary.

URUGUAY striker Edin­son Ca­vani, 29, has held talks with Paris St-Ger­main about his fu­ture at the French cham­pi­ons.

TOT­TEN­HAM are con­sid­er­ing a Jan­uary loan move for 24-year-old Real Madrid and Spain mid­fielder Isco.

MEAN­WHILE, 29-year-old France in­ter­na­tional Hugo Lloris is Spurs’ “best ever goal­keeper”, ac­cord­ing to for­mer striker Teddy Sher­ing­ham.

FOR­MER Eng­land mid­fielder Glenn Hod­dle will be named Tot­ten­ham’s “great­est player of all time”.

MAR­SEILLE are in­ter­ested in Liver­pool tar­get Ge­of­frey Kon­dog­bia, and could move for the 23-year-old In­ter Mi­lan mid­fielder in Jan­uary.

WHEN HE was asked yes­ter­day about the wages which come with his new six-year deal at Real Madrid, Gareth Bale was giv­ing lit­tle away. “That’s for me to know and no-one else to find out, sorry,” he said.

It will not stop the spec­u­la­tion, though, with sug­ges­tions that the 27year-old su­per­star will now be earn­ing in the re­gion of £18mil­lion (RM92.3m) a year – £350,000 (RM1.79m) per week af­ter tax – and is in the top three best­paid play­ers in the world, along with Barcelona for­ward Lionel Messi and Real team­mate Cris­tiano Ron­aldo.

But what he was giv­ing away was that he can see him­self fin­ish­ing his ca­reer at Madrid af­ter putting pen to pa­per yes­ter­day on a deal which ties him to Real un­til June 30, 2022.

Bale (left) has been reg­u­larly linked with a big-money move back to Eng­land but can en­vis­age end­ing his top-flight ca­reer at the Bern­abeu.

“Yeah, for sure. The rea­son I signed here for so long is be­cause I am very happy here,” said Bale.

“I feel more com­fort­able ev­ery year that I’m here as well. I am im­prov­ing my Span­ish, my fam­ily’s more set­tled. I fully in­tend to see out my con­tract here.

“Ob­vi­ously in the fu­ture, I don’t know when I am go­ing to re­tire, but I am very happy here at the mo­ment and for the next six years I am not look­ing past that re­ally.”

United have long been linked with a move for Bale, even be­fore the Welsh­man left Spurs to join Real in 2013 for a then-world record fee of £85.3mil­lion.

As re­cently as last month there was spec­u­la­tion of a pos­si­ble at­tempt by the Red Devils to sign the fly­ing for­ward, but Bale him­self in­sists he knows noth­ing about any trans­fer talk.

He said: “I couldn’t tell you if any­one’s been in­ter­ested. Since I’ve been here I’ve been fully con­cen­trated on play­ing for Real Madrid.

“I am very happy here which shows why I have signed an­other six-year deal and we never re­ally speak about these things. The main thing for me is to con­cen­trate on my foot­ball and every­thing else is dealt with be­hind the scenes.”

Bale left White Hart Lane with­out win­ning a ma­jor tro­phy with Spurs, but he has helped Real lift five pieces of sil­ver­ware in three years, in­clud­ing the Cham­pi­ons League in 2014 and 2016.

He has also scored 62 goals and had 34 as­sists in 135 of­fi­cial games for the Span­ish giants, form­ing part of the team’s much-vaunted ‘BBC’ strike­force along­side Ron­aldo and Karim Ben­zema.

Bale con­cedes it has not all been plain-sail­ing for him in Spain, with the for­mer Southamp­ton young­ster hav­ing had to deal with in­juries and crit­i­cism.

But he in­sists all that has helped him de­velop as a player and a per­son.

He said: “It’s been a dif­fi­cult jour­ney. It’s very dif­fi­cult for Bri­tish play­ers to come over to any Euro­pean club. I’ve had my dif­fi­cult times and I’ve had good times. I think it’s all a learn­ing curve.

“I have re­ally grown up as a per­son and I have en­joyed ev­ery ex­pe­ri­ence, whether it’s been good or bad.

“I feel happy here, I feel loved by the fans here and want to give every­thing for the shirt to win try and win as many tro­phies as I can.” – Ex­press News­pa­pers

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