Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale expects to remain with Real Madrid next season despite interest from Manchester United. Getty

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has revealed that he expects to be back at the Santiago Bernabeu next season despite being widely linked with a move to Manchester United in England.

"Will be working hard in the off season and looking forward to coming back next season stronger with Real Madrid," Bale tweeted.

The Welsh international has had a disappointing season in Spain and has come under harsh criticism from the fans and pundits alike and this has prompted reports suggesting that the player wants to return to the Premier League.

Bale joined Real for a world-record fee from Tottenham in 2013, and after an impressive debut campaign which saw him score key goals in the Spanish capital club's Copa del Rey and Champions League triumphs, he has had a difficult second season at the club.

The 25-year-old attacker has not moved forward after a brilliant debut campaign with statistics showing he has scored and assisted fewer goals this campaign, something that has been magnified due to Real's failure to win a trophy.

United were always keen on signing the Welshman, Sir Alex Ferguson had tried signing him before he moved to Tottenham and they were again interested in the summer of 2013 before being beaten to his signature by the 10-time European champions.

Reports have suggested that the Red Devils have not given up hope and are said to have made another approach for the winger with a bid of £46.5m, but their hopes have been dashed after the former Spurs star revealed his desire to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Meanwhile, Wales manager Chris Coleman is also confident that Real will not let his compatriot leave the club and feels that the player also wants to remain in Spain or the foreseeable future.

"The Real Madrid president Florentino Perez thinks a lot of Gareth," Coleman said, as quoted by the BBC.

"Unless Gareth wants to leave, which I don't think is the case, then I don't think he'll go anywhere."

"I don't think he wants to leave. It's arguably the biggest club on the planet. I don't really see him wanting to move, no," the Wales manager added.