Madrid keen to enhance new deal for record-breaking Bale
Published 22/03/2016 | 02:30
Real Madrid are keen to reward Gareth Bale for becoming the highest scoring British footballer in La Liga history with a new contract that would dash the hopes of the forward's suitors.
The Welshman's goal in Real's 4-0 win over Sevilla on Sunday night took his La Liga tally to 43 goals in 76 matches, one better than Gary Lineker's previous record of 42 in 103 games for Barcelona.
Bale has three years remaining on the six-year contract he signed when he joined Real for a world-record £85m from Tottenham in 2013, but the Spanish club will attempt to extend his deal by another two years.
Talks over the new contract are yet to take place, but Real are willing to increase Bale's £300,000-a-week salary and underline his position as the club's number one star ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, whose future remains the subject of great debate.
All of England's richest clubs, as well as Bayern Munich and Paris St-Germain, will again target Bale this summer but Real want to end any chance of the 26-year-old leaving the Bernabeu.
With the threat of a transfer embargo hanging over the club, Real cannot afford to risk losing Bale and would look to sell the likes of Isco, James Rodriguez and even Ronaldo if they want to raise funds.
Bale was devastated by Rafa Benitez's dismissal as manger, which raised questions over his long-term future at Real but he has since insisted he is happy under Zinedine Zidane.
Having only just returned from six weeks out with a calf injury, Bale will not join up with Wales this week for the international friendlies against Northern Ireland and Ukraine to ensure he is fresh for Real's run-in and Euro 2016 in France.
Bale was targeted by angry Real fans last season after the club was knocked out of the Champions League by Juventus and has often been criticised by the Spanish press.
But his determination to remain at the club never wavered and he retained the full support of president Florentino Perez.