Bale: I’m not joining Manchester United

The Real Madrid winger has suggested he would prefer a contract extension to a transfer back to the Premier League

By Tony Mahoney in Dubai

Gareth Bale has dismissed speculation linking him with Manchester United by hinting that he could stay atReal Madrid beyond the end of his contract in 2019.

The Welsh winger signed in a world record €100 million transfer from Tottenham in the summer of 2013 but has faced pressure for his place from Isco and James Rodriguez this season.

Reports in Spain and the UK suggested Bale was considering a switch back to the Premier League with Manchester United his most likely destination.

But, speaking from Dubai where he came on as a half-time substitute in Madrid’s surprise 4-2 friendly defeat against AC Milan, he told Marca:”Manchester United? I’m happy in Madrid. I love the city, the weather and the club. I’m eager to win more silverware here.

“I have a contract with Real Madrid until 2019 and could remain for more years after the end of it.”

Bale won the Champions League in his first season at Madrid, scoring in the final against city rivals Atletico after netting a brilliant winner in the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona.