• Bale: I never thought about leaving Real

    Real Madrid star Gareth Bale Real Madrid star Gareth Bale

    Gareth Bale says he never considered leaving Real Madrid, and the Welshman is ready to fight for his position at the Spanish and European champions.

    Bale continues to be linked with a move away from Madrid as Premier League giants Manchester United reportedly circle.

    The 28-year-old’s future has been placed in doubt amid Madrid’s pursuit of Monaco star Kylian Mbappe, but Bale does not want to leave the La Liga and Champions League title holders.

    “I have not thought of leaving Madrid,” Bale told Marca.

    Bale – hampered by injuries in 2016-17 – continued: “I know it is difficult to recover the position, but I am in Real Madrid for that.”

    The Wales international scored nine goals in 27 appearances in all competitions last season.

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