Bale at the Bernabeu sings his new team's praises
£85 million Welshman woos Real fans by complimenting Ancelotti, Ronaldo and predecessor Zidane
HE'S ONLY been in Madrid since Monday but Gareth Bale has lost no time buttering up his new club. The 24-year-old Welshman was unveiled to Real fans at the Bernabeu as the world's costliest player at the start of the week, but he's been Mr Modesty ever since.
"There are lots of players who have been unbelievable here, world class and legends of the game," explained Bale. "Hopefully, I can become the player I want to be, and hopefully be in that league."
Asked about some of those legends, Bale showed he had done his homework prior to the £85m transfer, replying: "There have been the likes of [Zinedine] Zidane and obviously the previous ones, which were a bit before my time, like [Ferenc] Puskas and [Alfredo] Di Stefano." That will go down well with Di Stefano, Real's honorary president, who scored 216 goals in 282 league matches between 1953 and 1964.
Turning to the present, Bale had nothing but praise for Real coach Carlo Ancelotti, describing the Italian as "a great manager". He then said of the former Chelsea coach: "I've spoken to other players who have had him as manager and it's been nothing short of he's the best manager they've ever had. So obviously that was a factor in me coming, working with a great like himself."
Bale's next object of adulation was the squad itself. "It's absolutely amazing," he gushed. "I've got to work hard to get in the starting XI. There are world-class players here and I obviously came here to be a part of it and to try and get into the starting XI and win trophies."
Saving his greatest sycophancy to last Bale then rhapsodised over new teammate Cristiano Ronaldo: "For me, he's the best player in the world," cooed Bale. "It will obviously be a pleasure to play with him. You can only learn off the best and he certainly is that.
"Hopefully we can work together and provide a lot more trophies for Real Madrid."
Having run out of people to praise, Bale finished by stating his ambitions for his new club. "Champions League football is a massive reason for me to come here and I don't just want to be playing in it, I want to be winning it," exclaimed the former Tottenham star.
"Coming to a club like Real Madrid is exactly where I want to be to win things. I'm sure everybody at the club wants to win it and I definitely want to help achieve that goal."
And with that he departed, presumably to find the Real groundsman to tell him how much he liked the length of the grass. ·