Gareth Bale casts doubt over his Real Madrid future moments after firing them to Champions League
By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 27/05/18 11:56am
Gareth Bale has cast doubt over his Real Madrid future despite firing them to a third successive Champions League title.
The Wales international came on as a substitute to score two goals - the first of which was an acrobatic overhead kick - as Real beat Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev to become European champions for a 13th time.
Bale said afterwards he has not played as much as he would have liked this season and he will discuss his future with his agent Jonathan Barnett in the close-season.
"I feel that I need to be playing every week. It's something that I've always wanted to do and it hasn't happened here this season for one reason or another," Bale said.
"If it's not the case here then it's something I'll sit down and consider. I'll have plenty of time to relax now and think about things, and see where things go.
"I really don't know [where I will be]. I'm going to have to sit down and discuss it with my agent. Maybe I'll be staying here, maybe not. We'll sit down in the summer and hopefully resolve this issue."
Bale joined Real Madrid for a then world-record £86m from Tottenham in 2013 and, according to contracts leaked in 2016, the deal contains a first-option clause for Spurs to buy him back if another Premier League club makes an offer.
Manchester United have previously been interested in the 28-year-old, and he admitted he was "very disappointed" to be left on the bench for the final by Zinedine Zidane.
"In my head, I felt like should have started, I've been playing well enough to start," he said.
"But I know the team is not about 11 players, it's about squad, and you have to come and make an impact, and that's what I did.
"I have to say it is [the best goal I've ever scored]. On the biggest stage in football, to score like that is a dream come true. I've never scored bicycle-kick before, I've had many attempts, so it was nice to see one go in on such an important occasion."