The Real Madrid attacker says he feels mentally and physically stronger as he prepares to start his second season at the club in the Uefa Super Cup
Gareth Bale says he wants to win every competition Real Madrid play in this season and is feeling confident ahead of his second season at the Bernabeu.
The Wales international won the Copa del Rey and Champions League with the Spanish giants in his first campaign and could win a third medal within a year when they meet Sevilla in the Uefa Super Cup on Tuesday.
Bale is optimistic heading into 2014-15 as he prepares to play in front of his home fans in Cardiff, saying he is in better condition having gone through a full pre-season this time around after last summer was disrupted by his transfer from Tottenham.
“It is great to be starting the season and to be settled in,” he told reporters. “It is much better from my point of view and nice not to be the new kid!
“I feel in better shape and can start the season at a better rhythm. It is a lot easier having a proper pre-season under your belt rather than waiting for a transfer to go through.
“We want to win every competition we are in, it doesn’t matter who we are playing. We will try to win everything.”
The 25-year-old has bulked up noticeably over the summer but says he hasn’t done anything special to improve his physique.
Bale said: “I didn’t do anything new in particular in the gym. I trained while I was on holiday, a bit of running. It was just conditioning training. I’ve worked hard in the off-season and feel in good shape.”
The attacker insists he isn’t concerned about marking his return to Wales with a goal against Sevilla and says winning the game is his main priority.
“I don’t get caught up in that sort of thing,” he replied when asked if he would score.
“The most important thing is to win the Super Cup and it doesn’t matter who scores the winning goal. It’s great to be back home [in Cardiff] but the most important thing is to win the game and the cup. We need to focus on that and not on me playing in my hometown.
“I don’t feel any extra pressure, it is another game and another one I have to put 110 percent into to perform at my best.”