Gareth Bale has spoken about the “incredible feeling” of winning a third Champions League title with Real Madrid and said that he is eager for more success with the club.

Bale was brought off the bench as Zinedine Zidane’s side claimed a 4 – 1 win over Juventus to become the first side to retain the trophy in the Champions League era. He has now won the trophy three times and despite reports of interest from Manchester United, he has said that he is eager to stay with the club he has been with since 2013.

Speaking to WalesOnline after he became the first Welshman to win three European crowns he said, “Nights like this is why you’re a footballer and why I joined Real Madrid. There’s always a first for everything. It’s three in four years and not many people can say that. It justifies why I came here, it’s great to be part of that and I want it to continue. It was a very special occasion for me personally and it was an incredible feeling to lift that trophy here.”

He said that he only found out that he wasn’t going to start just before the game but said that he wasn’t surprised given that he had only been training with the team for five days.

After having played an important role for the team in past seasons, Bale has recently been recovering from a calf injury and said that he worked extremely hard to make sure he was fit to play.

His entire season was plagued by injury and now Bale says that he is focused on rest and recuperation in order to be in the best possible shape for next season.

“The surgery still has a little more healing to do, but I will be able to rest in the summer, do some more rehab and then come next season stronger,” he added.