MADRID: Gareth Bale has quashed renewed speculation about a return to the Premier League in the wake of Real Madrid’s 4-0 home thrashing by Barcelona at the weekend.

The result, which saw Barcelona extend their lead to six points over Madrid, has left coach Rafa Benitez’s future at the Estadio Bernabeu on a knife-edge.

However Bale said: “My plan when I first started playing football was to try to reach the pinnacle – and Real Madrid is the pinnacle.

“Now I’m here, I want to win trophies and to win titles, and just do the best I can for my career. I will never say never when it comes to going back to the Premier League, because you don’t know what the future holds.

“But I am enjoying my time here. I am very happy.”

Although Bale played mostly on the right during the loss to Barca, he has spent much of the season in the No10 role and is relishing the increased responsibility.

“I had conversations with Rafa (Benitez) in the summer and I am delighted about where I am playing this season. I like the role behind the striker and feel that’s my position. I can drift into areas, find the space and, when I get the ball, attack.

“It’s my best position – and I think this year is going to be a great season.”