Gareth Bale has extended his contract with Real Madrid till 2022.
“Real Madrid C.F. and Gareth Bale have agreed an extension to the player’s contract, keeping him at the club until the 30th of June 2022,” Madrid said in a statement.
The 27-year-old joined the Spanish giants for a then world record fee from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 on a six-year contract. He has won the Champions League twice in his three-year stint with the club.
Bale is just one of the top players at Real who have penned new deals with the European champions in recent weeks.
Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Lucas Vazquez have already agreed new deals, whilst Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to follow suit.
By tying Bale down for the prime years of his career, Real aim to ward off any suitors from the cash-rich Premier League for the Welshman.
Bale shone in Real’s two Champions League finals against cross-city rivals Atletico Madrid.
Champions League heroics
He scored the crucial second goal as Real ended a 12-year wait for their tenth European Cup in a 4-1 victory. Then, he scored from the penalty spot when Los Blancos edged this year’s final in May 5-3 on penalties.
Yet, his most spectacular moment in a Real shirt came with a stunning solo effort that demonstrated fully his athleticism as he outstripped the Barcelona defence to net the winner in the 2014 Copa del Rey final.
Despite those successes, Bale hasn’t always found life easy in Spain.
His difficulties with the language means he is yet to address the media in Spanish, although he insisted towards the end of last season he has improved to allow himself to be a more active presence in the dressing room.
On the pitch, Bale has been hampered by a series of calf injuries and he has still not won a league title in his career as Real have gone four years without lifting La Liga.