Bale cements future at Real Madrid

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November 01, 2016
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MADRID (AP):

With his focus on winning more trophies, Gareth Bale signed a new deal yesterday that ties him to Real Madrid until 2022.

The Wales forward inked the three-year contract extension at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Now 27, Bale will be two weeks short of 33 when his new deal runs out.

"I grew up watching the Premier League and Real Madrid, but when you have the opportunity to play here you cannot waste it," Bale said. "I'm only thinking about Real Madrid and I am very happy to be here."

Bale arrived in Spain with incredibly high expectations after Madrid broke its own record for transfers by paying Tottenham €101 million in 2013. That record stood until Manchester United shelled out €105 million for Paul Pogba in August.

While the team is still very much Cristiano Ronaldo's, Bale has become a reliable and often electric second scorer with a knack for netting key goals that have helped Madrid win two Champions League titles and one Copa del Rey.

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