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Gareth Bale joined Real Madrid from Tottenham for a then world record transfer fee of €100.8 million, signing a six year contract in the summer of 2013. He has enjoyed a successful period with the club, winning three Champions League and one La Liga title.
The 28 year old has been an integral part for the team but struggled to be a regular with injury problems. He has often been sidelined for a long period of time due to his injury problems.
The Wales international has endured another testing campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu, with injuries and tactical tinkering limiting his impact. Since his return from injury he has struggled for regular game time as Zinedine Zidane preferring Isco and Asensio ahead of him.
This led to speculations that Bale is frustrated with lack of game time and could leave the club this summer for more first team football, with the club looking to sign Liverpool’s Salah to replace him. Manchester United have been tipped to sign the former Tottenham star.
Former Blancos star Steve McManaman insists that Bale is happy at Real Madrid and likely to stick around to fight for his future.
A man who enjoyed four productive years in Madrid between 1999 and 2003 told Goal: “Knowing the player and some close people to him, I can say that he is happy in Real Madrid.
“His future will only depend on him, and the final of the Champions League may be decisive for his future.
“He is happy, but he is not getting enough time of play.
“He didn’t start against Juventus and didn’t play the first game against Bayern Munich, so that may influence him, but his lifestyle in Madrid is lovely and he is playing for the greatest club in the world.”
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