Nine goals in 27 appearances may be good enough for stars in other clubs, but not at Real Madrid. Gareth Bale spent parts of last season sidelined due to injuries, so the numbers may be excused, but only once.
The Wales international is expected to deliver this season in front of a highly demanding crowd at the Santiago Bernabeu, and he seems determined to do just that.
I know it is difficult to recover the position, but I am in Real Madrid for that
the former Tottenham star told Spanish newspaper Marca, talking about the fight he will have to give to get his position in the starting 11 back, now that he’s fit.
Bale was watching from the stands as Isco was enjoying probably his best period as a Real Madrid player, thriving at the Welshman’s absence.
As for whether or not he has considered the option to leave Madrid, and maybe return to the Premier League, where Manchester United have been reported to be all too eager to welcome him back to England, Bale was clear;
I have not thought of leaving Madrid
the 28-year-old said, before repeating that he’s a Madrid player, and his wish is to stay there for years.