Real Madrid's Gareth Bale admits rushing recovery last season

Cristiano Ronaldo Won't Play Against Manchester United In UEFA Super Cup

"Last season the pain in my ankle made it hard for me to be fully fit, but I am able to go flat out in pre-season", he said in an interview with Spanish sports paper Diario Marca.

Bale, who is now with his Spanish club on their pre-season tour of the United States, has scored 67 goals in 150 appearances for Real Madrid since his 2013 move from Tottenham.

Bale and Ronaldo have been club-mates since 2013 and were part of the Madrid squad that won the Champions League and LaLiga titles last season, although the Wales international's contribution was once more disrupted by injury - including an ankle problem which nearly robbed him of a place in the Champions League final in his home city of Cardiff. "The ankle is strong and I am ready".

Bale continues to be linked with a move away from Madrid as Premier League giants Manchester United reportedly circle.

"It was bad luck, you can not avoid these injuries in football, when you knock your ankle. I will try to have my best season, as long as injuries allow it". "I think he is comfortable in Real Madrid", the 41-year-old, who has 48 caps for Spain, said.

"Logically I am a British player, so I am always linked with a return home".

Asked about teammate Cristiano Ronaldo apparently considering leaving Madrid due to his tax problems, Bale said he had "no clue" how the situation would play out.

"The truth is I didn't read anything about United's interested".

"It happened with Beckham, with other Englishmen who came to Spain". I honestly don't know.

With retirement very much now on the horizon, the former Sporting Lisbon man will, however, need to prioritise games from here on out, and despite this match being against a club he holds close to his heart the right decision is to watch on rather than take part. "But you would have to ask him".

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