Bale aims for more trophies at Real

Gareth Bale prior to the Champions League final

Gareth Bale prior to the Champions League final

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League final at the Principality Stadium on Saturday night, to further extend his legendary status.

But Bale was reduced to the role of bit-part player after recent injury problems, sent on only for the final 13 minutes at the National Stadium of Wales with the game already won. "Next year, it's going to be even more hard".

Bale, who agreed a new deal in October lasting until 2022 worth £350,000 a week after tax and with a €1bn buyout clause, was adamant that he wants to remain at the club he joined in September 2013 from Tottenham Hotspur for £85m, which was then a world-record fee. "I can not explain why we played like we did in the second half", said Juve captain Gianluigi Buffon, now a three-time beaten finalist. "I'm happy, I'm incredibly satisfied".

Cristiano Ronaldo understandably took the accolades as his two goals helped to fire Real Madrid to a 12th European Cup but fundamental to their triumph over Juventus on Saturday was midfielder Luka Modric. That has fuelled rumours that United could turn to Bale after cooling their approach for Antoine Griezmann after the Frenchman confirmed on Sunday that he would not be leaving Atlético Madrid this summer after the Spanish club's transfer ban was upheld by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

"We have won three Champions Leagues in four seasons so we have to be in that category", he said. I'm in a good moment.

"The team has worked hard from the first minute.we have done a marvellous double".

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He dedicated the song "to the attractive people who were killed and injured in the Manchester terror attack". He sang and offered encouraging words to the crowd, who held inspirational signs in their hands.

"We have made history".

Bale made just 17 league starts for Madrid in 2016-17 after undergoing ankle surgery late a year ago.

Bale was injured again in the El Clasico against Barcelona on April 23, effectively ending his hopes of starting in Cardiff, and he later admitted he may have rushed his return following his ankle operation. "It just needs to be given recovery time".

"I only found out I wasn't going to start just before the game".

Earlier, overseen by strict security measures, the Madrid squad greeted local government dignitaries before parading the famous trophy in an open top bus around the Cibeles fountain in the city center where thousands of fans had gathered.

"Then I'll obviously do some work in the off-season to get it stronger and ready for next season so I'll be firing on all cylinders", said Bale.

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