Ronaldo will not quit Real Madrid, feels Michel Salgado

Bale made a move to the city of Madrid 4 years ago for a large transfer fee of £85.3 million, and displayed his quality in the subsequent seasons.

The Welshman turned 28 on Sunday and is still in his best years but his injury problems remain a concern.

When asked specifically about a potential move to Old Trafford, Bale replied: 'The truth is that I do not read any of that.

Pressed by the Spanish newspaper on reports linking him to Jose Mourinho's side, he said, "I signed a long contract in Madrid and I am happy in this club. You can not avoid these injuries in football when someone kicks your ankle", he said. "Logically I am a British player and I am always linked with a return home". Asensio enjoyed a brilliant breakthrough season following his return from a loan spell at Espanyol and when asked about the recent Spanish global, Bale declared: "It is normal to have good players in Madrid".

'It happened with Beckham, with other Englishmen who came to Spain.

"Last year, the pain made it hard for me to stay fit".

The former Tottenham player said he is not planning to leave Real Madrid for Manchester United, adding no offer has been made.

"Right now he is our soul, he is the guy that we all look to when we are playing the big games, and to be honest I think he is going to stay".

Previously, the Bernabeu outfit was backing its hopes on Alvaro Morata's £80 million move to Manchester United, but that switch fell flat, as the Red Devils signed Romelu Lukaku from Everton. "But you would have to ask him". We have done well [together], won trophies, so we don't need to change anything. "These weeks are all about suffering".

"I think that is the thing that he learnt in the previous year, he was ready to be Cristiano Ronaldo when we needed, in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals".

Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC.

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