Bale 'happy' at Madrid amid Man United links

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale could be heading back to the Premier League according to reports

Ronaldo was voted man of the match as he reached 600 career goals with another brace against the Old Lady, either side of Mario Mandzukic's sublime equaliser that had put the game in the balance at half-time.

The Portuguese forward scored twice as Real Madrid won the Champions League for the second season in a row by beating Juventus 4-1 on Saturday.

Back home at the Santiago Bernabeu, Ronaldo took centre stage as he sung about his own candidacy for the Ballon d'Or, which he claimed ahead of Barcelona foe and five-time victor Lionel Messi a year ago. We have won the Champions League three times in four seasons so we have to be in that category.

Ronaldo is set to beat his rival candidates Lionel Messi who led Barcelona to the Copa del Rey final triumph this past weekend and the Italian unheralded goalkeeper hero, Giangluiji Buffon who led his Juventus team to two cup final victories this season.

His display also made the Madrid fans who have previously whistled him look all the more absurd. "I'm happy, I'm incredibly satisfied".

Fires and worst storm in decades kill nine people in South Africa
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With a third European title in four seasons, coach Zinedine Zidane has re-established Madrid as the premier team on the continent.

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. "This year has been spectacular and now we will enjoy it". "We have to give credit to Zidane, he helped us in 2001 by bringing in his talent and changing the course of history, and now as a coach he is doing a tremendous job and we have to thank him".

Zidane has only one year left on his contract, but is widely expected to remain at the team's helm.

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale insists he is happy at the European champions and has no plans to leave despite speculation over his future.

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