Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has backed the club over plans to offer Gareth Bale a new contract.
Reports in the Daily Telegraph earlier this week said Los Blancos would look to extend the forward’s deal, which currently ends in 2019, by another two years to fend off interest from the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea.
Although hampered by injury this campaign, Bale has netted 15 goals in 19 league appearances and claimed another 9 assists. He goal against Sevilla on Sunday was his 43rd strike in La Liga for the club, making his the highest scoring Briton in Spanish league history.
“We are not a selling club. We are a buying club. We’ve got him and we’d like to have him for a long, long time. It’s not unusual. No doubt a lot of clubs in Europe would like to have him. He’s a top player,” Calderon was quoted by the BBC.
And he added: “He’s showing that here with Real Madrid. He’s scoring goals and playing quite well. He did it very well against Sevilla and everyone here is very happy, so it’s quite reasonable that they are offering him the contract extension.”
Bale was not selected for international duty by Wales boss Chris Coleman and is instead focusing on being 100% fit for the Clasico on April 2.