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Gareth Bale has signed a contract extension with Real Madrid. The Welshman’s new deal expires after the 2021/2022 season.
Bale, 27, signed with Real back in 2013, for a then world-record fee of £85 million, and has enjoyed a lot of success in the Spanish capital. Last season the Welshman scored 19 goals in 23 league appearances, and got to celebrate his second Champions League win as Real defeated rivals Atletico Madrid in the final.
“I’m very happy here,” Bale said. “When I first came here, I wanted to succeed and win trophies, and renewing my contract is another dream come true. Hopefully there are many more trophies to win here.
“I’ve signed again because I believe we can keep winning trophies and Champions Leagues. I feel very happy here. I’m improving my Spanish and my family is settled.
“I’d be happy to see out my contract here. In the future, I don’t know when I’m going to retire but I’m not looking past the next few years to be honest. I’ve been fully concentrated on Real since I got here. The main thing is to concentrate on my football and everything else is dealt with by my agents.”
Bale did admit that it was a difficult change as he left the comfortable life on the British Isles.
“I came here to try something different – a new experience. History tells you that when British players play abroad it’s not always successful, but I wanted to improve my game.
“I had one season that wasn’t the best but this last one was my best, I think, and made me grow up as a person. You have bad moments in football wherever you are, but it’s about how you react to them.
“It’s easy to pack up and leave and go elsewhere but it takes more character to stay here and fight. I’ve grown up believing that if things aren’t going right then you work hard to make them work.
“But I’ve enjoyed every moment, good or bad, and it’s been a great three years. Hopefully it will be another great six years. I will always fight for this club.”