Bale has Bayern Munich in his sights

The 24-year-old scored a stunning winner in the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday but is already focused on facing Pep Guardiola’s side next week

Gareth Bale has warned Real Madrid not to take their eye of the ball ahead of the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich.

The 24-year-old stole the show in the Copa del Rey final victory over Barcelona on Wednesday as he outpaced Marc Bartra and ran half the length of the pitch to score the winner five minutes from time.

The goal secured Madrid’s first trophy of the season but Bale has urged his team-mates not to be distracted by their success in midweek, as Pep Guardiola’s Bayern prepare to visit the Bernabeu in five days time.

“I’ve always followed Real Madrid and the reason I came here was to win trophies. It makes me feel very happy,” he told AS.

“The important thing is to make sure we keep our feet on the ground. Bayern are a great side. We have to take each game as it comes.”

Following his world-record €100 million transfer from Tottenham in September, questions were asked as to whether Bale could fulfil expectations in the Spanish capital. 

However, after his stunning virtuoso goal in Valencia on Wednesday, Bale says he feels no pressure to prove any doubters wrong.

“I am not really too bothered about what other people say,” he added.

“It’s important for me to concentrate on my game and put myself under the least pressure possible.

“I was happy with my performance (on Wednesday).”

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