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Gareth Bale breaks silence amid Manchester United transfer interest

Man Utd transfer news on Gareth Bale could get more interesting and the Real Madrid forward has spoken about his Champions League final snub

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Gareth Bale breaks silence amid Manchester United transfer interest

Man Utd transfer news on Gareth Bale could get more interesting and the Real Madrid forward has spoken about his Champions League final snub

13 July 2018 Friday 17:26
Gareth Bale breaks silence amid Manchester United transfer interest

Gareth Bale has reiterated he was 'frustrated' to start the Champions League final on the bench for Real Madrid.

Bale failed to force his way into Zinedine Zidane's line-up against Liverpool two months ago but emerged to score an extraordinary bicycle kick to put Real 2-1 up in the second-half. Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius then fumbled Bale's speculative shot to seal Real's 13th European Cup and the Welshman was named man of the match.

Manchester United have monitored Bale's situation since they attempted to sign him last summer and the 28-year-old publicly demanded reassurances over his Real future on live television after the final.

Bale returns to pre-season training at Real's Valdebebas training ground on Monday and could face United in the teams' pre-season encounter in Miami on July 31.

"I was frustrated, I've said before, not to start the game." Bale said at a Q&A at his bar in Cardiff. "But I knew I was capable of being involved in the game and I was. It was great to get the goal, pure emotion.

"It's just kind of one of those things that you don't think about, you just react to it. I've always wanted to score a bicycle kick. To do it on such an occasion was the place to do it."

Bale did not comment on United's interest and admitted he had 'disconnected' from football during his holiday.

"I kind of just went on holiday afterwards and tried to disconnect, so I haven't watched it [the Champions League final winner] too many times.

"If you don't try these things, they never come off."

In the Ukraine, Bale said: "I need to be playing week in week out and that hasn't happened this season for one reason or another. I had about a five or six week injury at start of season and I have been fit since.

"Obviously now I will have to sit down in the summer and discuss it with my agent and take it from there."

Zidane stepped down as Real manager after leading the club to three straight Champions League triumphs and was replaced by former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui.

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