Bale’s heart remains in Madrid

The €105m world record signing is looking for his third trophy of 2014 with Real Madrid having made decisive contributions in Copa del Rey and Champions League triumphs.

You would expect a world-record signing to make a decisive impact on the big stage and Gareth Bale has done just that since his sensational €105 million move to Real Madrid. Many people think Galacticos can win CL second time in a row, which last time happened in seasons 1988-1989 and 1989-1990 to AC Milan, and are playing Champions League betting on Real Madrid.

Bale already has two medals in his trophy cabinet in the Spanish capital and is now looking to add his third in the calendar year after winning the Champions League and the Copa Del Rey during his first season at the club.

But despite registering 22 goals and 19 assists in 44 appearances in his debut campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu, the Welshman continues to be linked with a move to Manchester United.

Those who know Bale, however, have laughed off talk that he will be a €113m target for Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford as early as next summer.

And though the former Tottenham man is still the subject of speculation linking him with a return to England, it is the furthest thing from his thoughts at the moment.

Instead, Bale wants to become a legend at the Bernabeu, pack his CV with titles and compete for the Ballon d’Or before he even considers a return to the Premier League.

There were question marks over whether Bale, once considered a ‘home boy’ who regularly returned to Cardiff from the bright lights and bustling streets of London, would adapt to life in Spain. It is a road less travelled for British footballers.

But Bale has settled comfortably into his new life in Madrid with long-term girlfriend Emma Rhys Jones and daughter Alba Violet, who stayed in Cardiff when the 25-year-old was at Spurs but now live with him in a mansion in La Finca in the Pozuelo de Alarcon suburbs of western Madrid.

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