Gareth Bale hints he is ready to leave Real Madrid after Champions League wonder show destroys Liverpool
Gareth Bale gave a huge hint that his sensational performance for Real Madrid in their 3-1 Champions League final win against Liverpool may have been a farewell appearance for the Welshman with the Spanish giants.
Bale came off the bench to score a sensational overhead-kick, with two horrible mistakes from Liverpool keeper Loris Karius ensuring Real Madrid lifted the Champions League trophy for a third successive season.
Yet amid the joyous scenes for Real Madrid in Kiev, Bale gave his first big hint that he will consider a move away from the Spanish capital this summer, as he continues to be linked with a move to Manchester United.
"I need to be playing week in, week out and that has not happened this season," Bale told BT Sport on the pitch at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium. "I had an injury five, six weeks in but fit ever since. I have to sit down with my agent in the summer and discuss it.
"Obviously I was very disappointed not to start the game, I felt I deserved it but the manager makes the decisions. The best I have been doing is to come on and make an impact, I certainly did."
Those comments look certain to spark a scramble for Bale's talents in the coming weeks, with his agent Jonathan Barnett now likely to take centre-stage in what is likely to be one of the most expensive transfers of the summer.
Bale moved from Tottenham to Real Madrid for a record £86m in the summer of 2013 and it may take a similar fee to prise him away now, after his stunning performance in the biggest game of the European season.
"It has to be the best goal in a Champions League final, there is no bigger stage. I am just happy to get the win," added Bale.
"It is a team game but when you are a substitute, it is a game of more than 11 players. I made an impact.
"We know what we have achieved and how good we have been. The league was disappointing but we won the Champions League. It turns out to be a great season.
"We let everyone else speak. We know how hungry we are in the changing room, how prepared and motivated we are."
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand suggested Bale's display in Kiev will have inflated his transfer value ahead of a possible move to Old Trafford.
"Gareth Bale came off the bench and his price tag will have gone up again. He's a fantastic player," stated Ferdinand.
"He has all the attributes to cause devastation in an attacking area and he delivers on the big stage."