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Euro 2016 qualification top of Bale's agenda

Gareth Bale celebrates scoring the winner against Belgium on Friday. Credit: PA

Helping Wales get to their first major tournament since 1958 is top of Gareth Bale's wish list for next season, he has said.

The 25-year-old marked his 50th international appearance on Friday with the only goal against Belgium to take Wales to within touching distance of Euro 2016.

The Real Madrid forward's strike moved Chris Coleman's side three points clear at the top of Group B with four games remaining.

I think everybody knows how much I want to get to a major tournament with Wales. It's top of my list now. It's on, so we'll keep working hard to do it.

We know what position we're in and we're going to enjoy this.

We know there's still a long way to go. We can enjoy now, but when the next camp comes around we will be straight back on the floor.

We will be working hard on the training field and ready to do the business.

– Gareth Bale

Video: Bale abused by Real Madrid fans after Euro exit

Gareth Bale was subjected to a flurry of verbal abuse from Real Madrid fans as he drove home following last night's Champions League exit.

The Welsh winger scored the winner in last year's final, but missed a string of chances on Wednesday as the holders crashed out 3-2 on aggregate against Juventus.

A number of supporters were heard shouting "mother f*****" and "son of a b****" as the former Spurs pulled away from the Bernabeu.

In today's top rumours, there are suggestions a deal to bring Bale to Man United this summer is 'almost done'.


Bale defends form as Real Madrid crash out of Europe

Gareth Bale sounded a defiant tone regarding his own form after missing a string of chances in Real Madrid's aggregate defeat to Juventus in the Champions League semi-final.

Bale missed a few good chances against Juventus. Credit: PA

Bale has come in for repeated criticism in Spain and the boo-boys were out again in the second half of Wednesday's 1-1 draw in the Spanish capital as Bale missed several opportunities.

The result saw Madrid's defence of their European crowd end with a 3-2 aggregate defeat but, while disappointed, Bale defended his own role.

Bale said:

There have been some ups and downs but personally I think I've played well. I've maybe not scored as many important chances as I'd like but my general play has been good. My finishing is not as good and that's something to work on for next year.

What doesn't kill me makes me stronger and I'll learn from this season and take it on.

– Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale

Four Real Madrid first team stars set to miss Atletico tie

Real Madrid are without the injured Gareth Bale. Credit: Reuters

Real Madrid will be without Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Luke Modric and Marcelo for Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Atletico.

The defending champions host neighbours Atletico following last week's goalless draw at the Vicente Calderon knowing that conceding a goal on Wednesday will make their task even more difficult because of the away goals rule.

Even more concerning for Madrid, they have failed to beat Atletico for seven consecutive games and this is something which must change for them to progress unless they win a penalty shootout.

Bale ruled out of Champions League Madrid derby

Bale is out. Credit: PA

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has a calf injury and will miss this week's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Atletico Madrid, the club said on Monday.

Bale limped off early in Real's 3-1 victory over Malaga in La Liga on Saturday and is expected to be out of action for up to three weeks.

"He has been diagnosed with an injury to the calf muscle of the left leg," Real said in a statement on their website.

Midfielder Luka Modric is also injured and striker Karim Benzema is a fitness doubt for the Atletico game on Wednesday with the tie level at 0-0 from the first leg.

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