Gareth Bale has insisted that he will remain a Real Madrid player next season despite struggling in his fourth season with the club.
An injury-hit 2016-17 season saw the Welshman net just 9 times in 27 appearances, a shadow of his debut campaign during which he scored 22 times. However, in a recent interview with Spanish news outlet Marca, Bale stated “I signed a long contract in Madrid and I am happy in this club.”
The Welsh star is currently participating in the club’s pre-season camp in Los Angeles and is currently under contract until 2022 after signing a new deal in October 2016 worth around £350,000 a week after tax.
Since joining Los Blancos in 2013 Bale has enjoyed a successful spell in the Spanish capital. Alongside his 67 goals, which could have been more had injuries not taken their toll, the former Spurs player has won the UEFA Champions League three times alongside bagging winners medals in the Copa del Rey and La Liga.
However, the rise of Spanish wonderkid Marco Asensio has put Bale under increased pressure for a place in the starting lineup. Asensio enjoyed a brilliant breakthrough season following his return from a loan spell at Espanyol and when asked about the recent Spanish international, Bale declared: “It is normal to have good players in Madrid.”
While Bale intends to stay, one Real Madrid player on the move is striker Alvaro Morata who is set to join AC Milan in a £61m deal according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
It has been reported that a move is close to completion and the money recieved will be used to strengthen a big for Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe.