Bale: Final all that matters

Gareth Bale doesn’t care if the goal that saw Real Madrid beat Manchester City in the Champions League Final is taken away from him.

Bale had been credited with the winner against the Premier League side but it has since been deemed a Fernando own goal, though Bale told BT Sport post-match that since he’s close to doubling his tally of European medals, he’s not bothered either way.

“It doesn't matter who scores or whether it's an own goal or not. The main thing is we have the chance to win the Champions League again. I felt we were close to killing the game off but couldn’t get clear-cut chances,” the Wales international said, the BBC reports, after setting up a re-match from 2014 against Atletico Madrid.

“I feel like I am maturing. My Spanish is getting better and I’m integrating more with the team. I feel like I’ve turned a corner in that sense and I’m enjoying my football here.

“The reason I came to Madrid was to win Champions Leagues. I’ve got one already and I’ve got the chance to win another.”

AS adds that Bale said Madrid are ‘prepared’ for Atletico, and that a narrow victory over City should have been expected given the nature of the tie.

“Semi-finals are always so tight, no team ever wins by a large margin. The important thing is we scored, didn’t concede and won the game. We’re pleased and excited to be in the final,” he added.

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