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Bale: I never thought about leaving Real Madrid

17 juillet 2017 02:34

Gareth Bale said 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 LaLiga and Champions League titleholders.

"I have not thought of leaving Madrid," Bale told Marca. "The truth is I don't read any of that [the rumours].

"Obviously I'm a British player and I'm always linked with a return home. It happened with [David] Beckham, with other English players who came to Spain. It's nothing new. 
  
"I'm happy playing for Madrid. Interest is interest but there hasn't been anything concrete, nor any offer, so there's nothing to discuss."

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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