Bale ce­ments fu­ture at Real Madrid with con­tract ex­ten­sion

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

With his fo­cus on win­ning more tro­phies, Gareth Bale signed a new deal yes­ter­day that ties him to Real Madrid un­til 2022.

The Wales for­ward inked the three-year con­tract ex­ten­sion at the San­ti­ago Bern­abeu Sta­dium. Now 27, Bale will be two weeks short of 33 when his new deal runs out.

“I grew up watch­ing the Premier League and Real Madrid, but when you have the op­por­tu­nity to play here you can­not waste it,” Bale said. “I’m only think­ing about Real Madrid and I am very happy to be here.”

Bale ar­rived in Spain with in­cred­i­bly high ex­pec­ta­tions af­ter Madrid broke its own record for trans­fers by pay­ing Tot­ten­ham €101 mil­lion in 2013. That record stood un­til Man­ches­ter United shelled out €105 mil­lion for Paul Pogba in Au­gust.

While the team is still very much Cris­tiano Ron­aldo’s, Bale has be­come a re­li­able and of­ten elec­tric sec­ond scorer with a knack for net­ting key goals that have helped Madrid win two Cham­pi­ons League ti­tles and one Copa del Rey.

Bale, who had been linked to ru­mours of a move back to the Premier League with Man­ches­ter United, said stay­ing at Madrid was an easy choice.

“The most im­por­tant thing is to con­cen­trate on my foot­ball,” Bale said. “I came to im­prove and I love it. I made the right de­ci­sion. We’ve won two Cham­pi­ons Leagues, I want to keep win­ning ti­tles and Real Madrid can of­fer that. The club is at the same level as my am­bi­tions.”

Bale added that while he con­tin­ues to ad­dress the me­dia in English, his Span­ish is get­ting bet­ter as he set­tles in.

“I have im­proved my Span­ish, my fam­ily is more in­te­grated and I feel that the fans love me,” he said. “The more time you spend here, the more in­te­grated you are, and all I do is try to help the team win as many ti­tles as pos­si­ble.”

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