Bale: Retire at Madrid…?

Gareth Bale insists he’s happy to stay at Real Madrid even as he battles the language but can’t say he’ll spend the rest of his career at Santiago Bernabeu.

Bale appeared on Cadena Cope and, as well as insisting Los Blancos are superior to Champions League Final opponents Atletico Madrid, discussed how he is finding life in Spain after three years.

“I’m happy here and I’m enjoying my football. I’m enjoying the culture and the language,” he replied, AS reports.

“Hopefully I’ll win another Champions League here. Coming to another country is difficult, especially for British players. We have the difficulty of the language, but I’m settling. Obviously, I’m happy. I’m taking language classes, trying to talk more and learn more. It’s difficult for me but I’m getting better.

“Retire at Madrid? I’m not thinking of retiring at all. We’ll see what happens. Madrid fans can rest easy. I have three years on my contract, I’m enjoying my football here and I feel very comfortable.

“With injuries to Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema I’ve helped in more goals and assumed more responsibility. I helped the team get to this point. I like playing in the centre, with freedom, but if I have to play right or left, I enjoy it. If I play on the right I’d rather have freedom.

“We’ve come very far in La Liga and the Champions League [under Zinedine Zidane]. We knew we had a lot to do but we never gave up and we have demonstrated that, although we weren’t able to win the title.

“I enjoy playing for Zidane. I have more freedom. We’re playing good football and we have reached a final. He’s done a good job. It’s for me to say [if he should stay] as it isn’t my decision, but for me, he deserves to stay.”

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