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Gareth Bale 'seriously considering' his future at Real Madrid

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Gareth Bale says he is seriously considering leaving Real Madrid, but may wait to discover the future of team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Wales international came off the bench to produce a 29-minute man-of-the-match cameo with two goals, including a brilliant overhead kick, in the 3-1 Champions League final win over Liverpool.

Although that secured him a fourth European Cup in five years at the club it may not be enough to keep him at the Bernabeu with his game time being limited.

The out-of-form Karim Benzema was preferred as Ronaldo's partner upfront as rumours persist that Bale and the Portuguese star's relationship is not the best.

But with Ronaldo throwing his future into doubt by refusing to guarantee he would be at the club next season, there may be an option for the Welshman to remain.

"I want to enjoy the moment first, then rest over the summer and I'm sure we'll sit down at the table and see what's for the best", he said.

"For me personally, I feel like I should be playing week in, week out and I haven't been.

"I've been doing well, scoring goals, but I haven't been playing as much as I would like so, as I said, I'm going to have to sit down over the summer and seriously consider what we do next".

When it was put to Bale that Ronaldo's comments suggested a change may be in the offing, he added: "I didn't know, I just got told about it now".

Bale was left out by Zinedine Zidane despite scoring five times in his previous five matches after regaining his form following injury.

He did not try to hide his frustration having collected the man of the match award but felt he had proved a point with his performance.

"I was very disappointed not to start the game. I felt like maybe I deserved to start", he said.

Wales boss Ryan Giggs described Bale as "the greatest Welsh players I've ever seen" after his heroics in Kiev.

"Great players turn up at the right moments and make the difference, and he's done it twice now in Champions League finals".