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Gareth Bale to stay at Real for 'remainder' of career

Gareth Bale's agent says the Wales international was never close to leaving Real Madrid this summer and hopes to remain at the Bernabeu for the remainder of his career.

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Jonathan Barnett dismissed the Man United links as just rumours.

He was nowhere near leaving - that was all stupid paper talk.

He is very happy at Real Madrid and hopefully he'll stay for the rest of his career.

He's loving it there and things are going well for him.

– Agent, Jonathan Barnett

Barnett also had his say on the botched late move Madrid made for Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

Despite having an interest in the Spain international for several months an offer was not accepted until the last day of the window and the paperwork was not completed in time.

"I don't think there is any Machiavellian plot, I just think someone has made a stupid mistake. It is the boy who suffers. I don't know who is to blame but it is certainly not the player."

Barnett also criticised the transfer system as it currently stands, having advocated an abolishment of the windows to make an all-year market.


Bale to join Man United speculation continues

Bryan Robson thinks Gareth Bale would be an ideal signing for Manchester United in the wake of Angel di Maria's impending departure to Paris St Germain.

Chances of Gareth Bale leaving Real Madrid are said to be slim. Credit: PA

United have been linked with a number of big names in the transfer market - including that of Bale - since Louis van Gaal admitted he has concerns about a lack of creativity and pace in his squad.

Robson feels the United manager would be wise to move for the Real Madrid forward now that the Dutchman can no longer count on Di Maria.

The good thing with Bale, and this is what the manager likes, is he can play in two different positions - he can play wide coming in and also as a centre-forward.

– Bryan Robson

For now, the chances of Bale leaving Real Madrid look slim. Manager Rafael Benitez insists Bale will stay at the Bernabeu and the former Tottenham player is happy to remain despite being criticised by the club's fans last season.

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Madrid warn United off Bale

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Real Madrid have told Manchester United that Gareth Bale is not for sale at any price.

United have been linked with a summer move for Bale, who signed for the European champions in a world-record £85.3million transfer 16 months ago.

The United board has informed manager Louis van Gaal there is a significant amount of money to spend if he feels his squad needs strengthening.

But the Welshman is going nowhere, according to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez who said:

"We have not received an offer from Manchester or any other club for Gareth Bale. We would never listen to any offer for Bale, no matter what the fee."

United were in the running to sign Bale when he left Tottenham in September 2013 but he opted to move to Spain, where he has enjoyed considerable success since.

The 25-year-old was part of the Madrid team that lifted the Champions League last season and he also won the Copa del Rey in his first year at the club.

Bale has so far scored 11 goals this season for Madrid, who are top of the Primera Division.


Bale only Brit shortlisted for world's best player title

Gareth Bale has been shortlisted for FIFA's world's best player award.

The Wales winger played a starring role as Read Madrid claimed their 10th Champions League title. Credit: PA Wire

The Real Madrid and Wales star is the only British-born player to make the 23-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Bale's teammate at Real Madrid, is the bookmakers' favourite for the award, just ahead of four-time winner Lionel Messi.

The winner will be announced on 12th January.

Bale sets record at Welsh awards

Bale is also the Vauxhall fans' player of the year for the fourth year. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Gareth Bale has set a new record after being voted Welsh footballer of the year for the fourth time.

Both Mark Hughes and John Hartson individually received the Football Association of Wales award on three occasions but no man has previously been named Welsh player of the year four times.

The Real Madrid star retained the trophy at the FAW awards dinner at Cardiff's St David's Hotel and has now won it four times during the past five years.

Bale's incredible year saw him win the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the Copa del Rey for Real, while his performances for Wales have also caught the eye.

The 25-year-old scored both goals in Wales' opening Euro 2016 qualifier last month, a 2-1 win in Andorra, and has now scored 10 times in his last 11 internationals.

Gareth Bale: 'Spanish League is most exciting'

The 25-year-old from Cardiff is the world's most expensive player Credit: PA

Welsh footballer Gareth Bale says the Premier League has lost its tag as the 'best in the world.'

The Premier League has always prided itself on supposedly being the most exciting championship in world football, but for Bale the Primera Division is the best around.

"The Spanish League is the most exciting. The world's top players play there. Barcelona or Real Madrid are always there near the Champions League final or winning it."

"The Premier League is a great league, but we are attracting the best players to La Liga. It is great to be involved in it."

– Gareth Bale

The 25-year-old spent six years at Tottenham, before moving to Real Madrid last summer for a world-record fee of £85.3 million.

The European champions wasted little time signing James Rodriguez for £63 million this summer, following his stunning performances at the World Cup.

But, his signing means Bale now has to work even harder to retain his first-team place, despite being the most expensive player of all time.

"James is a great signing, he has shown what quality he has in the World Cup and hopefully he can produce for Real Madrid what he did for Colombia."

"It's for the manager to decide what system we play and who plays. You need to perform well to keep your place. Everyone knows that."

– Gareth Bale

Almost a year has passed since Bale signed a six-year contract at the Santiago Bernabeu.

After a summer of rest, he's been working hard this week in LA, where Real are basing themselves for the International Champions Cup - a pre-season tournament which includes some of the best teams in Europe.

Feliz cumpleaños Gareth - happy birthday!

Gareth Bale is celebrating his 25th birthday with cake from his team mates at Real Madrid.

Gareth with his spanish made cake. Credit:

In his first season with Real Madrid he won the Champions League and the Copa del Rey, scoring in both finals.

The club's webpage said Bale was congratulated by his teammates immediately before a training session and before taking to the pitch the Welshman was presented with a birthday cake.

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