• Gareth Bale at the MLS All-Star match. (Corbis Sport)
Despite reported interest from the Premier League, Gareth Bale insists his focus is on preparing for the upcoming season with real Madrid.
9 Aug 2017 - 6:03 PM  UPDATED 9 Aug 2017 - 6:03 PM

Bale has reportedly been earmarked by Madrid as potential asset should they seek to raise funds to acquire Monaco attacker Kylian Mbappe, who could cost upwards of $250 million.

It is looking increasingly likely he is set to stay at the Bernabéu, with Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho stating it was "game over" in their pursuit of the former Spurs man, while Florentino Perez has also insisted that last season's double winners would like to hang onto 28-year-old.

Bale now hopes that he can work his way back into Zinedine Zidane's plans after a relatively injury-hit season where he made 27 appearances across all competitions.

"For me, I just want to concentrate now on getting fit, getting ready for the new season and playing as well as I can, ultimately," he said.

When asked if he had told Real Madrid he wanted to stay, the Wales star laughed: "There's been no need for anything. 

"Everything's gone on as normal, like it has every year. There's been the normal speculation like there is every year.

"Obviously it's a little bit more hyped up because we were playing Man United today. So it's one of those things."

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