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Reaching fourth Champions League final has “blown any expectations I had out of the water”, say Gareth Bale

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale says reaching a fourth Champions League final has “blown any expectations I had out of the water”.

Bale, 28, has won the Champions League three times, La Liga and the Copa del Rey since he joined the Spanish side from Tottenham for £85m in 2013.

“This is history,” said Bale. “I came to this great club to win titles and it is going to be a special day.”

Manager Zinedine Zidane has to decide whether Bale starts after the Wales international’s five goals in his past four starts.

“He is playing very well, he has scored many goals recently,” said the Frenchman.

“Not only that but he has been very consistent. He has not played so much, but the last three games he has played he has played well.”

Bale added: “I feel great, I am ready for the final. Last year we got our second Champions League in a row and now we want more.

“We know this is no mean feat, we are up against a determined side. I think I am on fine form physically.

“I never imagined playing in so many finals. I have played in three and this could be a fourth win, it has blown any expectations I had out of the water.”

Real Madrid face Premier League side Liverpool in Saturday’s final at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev.

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