I'll be better next year, warns Bale

The Real Madrid star says he wants to be part of the first team to defend the modern Champions League next season after helping his side to La Decima this term

Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale has warned he will be “even better” next season after firing his side to the Champions League and Copa del Rey in 2013-14.

After initially struggling for form and fitness following his world-record €100 million move from Tottenham last summer, Bale played a pitoval role in the capital club’s triumphs under Carlo Ancelotti last season.

The Wales international scored a brilliant solo goal to clinch the Copa final against Barcelona before heading his side’s second in the 4-1 win over Atletico Madrid in Lisbon which brought and end to Madrid’s long-awaited 10th European crown.

And Bale has now fired a warning to his side’s rivals that he wants to become stronger in his second season in Spain as he looks to help Madrid become the first team to successfully defend the modern Champions League.

“I’m very happy at Real Madrid and next year I’m sure I’ll be better,” he said during a visit to Indonesia.

“Next year I want to retain the Champions League to become the first team to do so consecutively.”

Bale notched an impressive 22 goals and 16 assists in 44 games in all competitions for Madrid last season.

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