Real Madrid star Gareth Bale unaware of Manchester United interest

BREAKING Gareth Bale signs contract extension with Real Madrid

Gareth Bale has admitted to having had a "difficult journey" at Real Madrid after signing a new six-year contract.

The 27-year-old joined the Galacticos from English side Tottenham for a reported fee of 100 million Euros, and has helped Real win two Champions League titles and one Copa del Rey, since joining the club.

Bale faced the media on Monday and admitted he would be open to ending his career with the European champions.

Real are now sitting two points clear on top of the La Liga ladder, a competition they have won only once since 2008 despite winning two Champions League titles in that time. I came here to progress as a footballer and I have definitely made the right decision.

"I'm only thinking about Real Madrid and I am very happy to be here".

He suffered from stinging criticism and was jeered by the Real fans towards the end of his second season as Madrid ended the campaign trophyless under Carlo Ancelotti.

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Real Madrid are however expected to extend the contract of Ronaldo which is expected to run until he retires from the game of football. "If they have been, I don't know about it".

"Messi and Ronaldo earn net salaries of around €21 million (£19 million) while Bale's earning puts him ahead of Neymar, whose recently signed deal with Barcelona took him to an estimated €17 million (£15 million)", they report.

Bale has enjoyed and endured plenty of ups and downs in his three seasons in the Spanish capital.

I couldn't tell you if anyone's been interested. But he never doubted that what he wanted to do was to improve at Madrid, win space and territory in the team, and above all, triumph. I improve my Spanish and my family is very settled. "But if you play well for your club and country and win trophies, things will happen naturally", he added.

"For sure, the reason I have signed for so long is I am very happy here", he said.

"Things have changed a lot because life has made me grow as a person. It is important to keep working hard, scoring goals and setting up goals".