Gareth Bale has all but ended speculation about a potential return to the Barclays Premier League this summer by committing his immediate future to La Liga giants Real Madrid.
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The Welshman struggled for form during the 2014-15 season and at times was a shadow of the man that inspired Los Blancos to Copa Del Rey and Champions League titles in the previous year.
He will have a new manager at the helm when reporting for pre-season duty next month after former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez replaced Carlo Ancelotti, who paid the ultimate price for failing to deliver a trophy at the Santiago Bernabeu this year.
This had led to increased speculation that Bale could follow the Italian out of the door this summer, with Chelsea and Manchester United among the clubs interested, however, the former Spurs man has vowed to stay in Spain and become a success:
“I’m a Real Madrid player and I’ll carry on as normal,” he said [via Mirror Sport]
“I am enjoying it and hopefully I can continue to.”
“I feel settled. I’m looking forward now to playing and winning more trophies. My goal is to keep improving, performing and to win as many titles as I can,” Bale added.
Despite an indifferent season for Madrid, the 25-year-old still managed to score 13 goals and assist a further nine in 31 league appearances.