Bale: No added pressure

Gareth Bale says his world-record transfer fee will not add pressure to his Real Madrid career.

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Gareth Bale says he does not feel any extra pressure about being the world's most expensive player after completing his record-breaking move to Real Madrid.

Madrid's summer-long pursuit of the Wales forward was finally concluded on Monday as Bale was officially presented at the Bernabeu after passing his medical with the Spanish giants and then putting pen to paper on a six-year contract.

The transfer is understood to be worth 100million euros (£85.3million), which would break the £80m Madrid paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.

Asked about the transfer fee and what pressure he felt, Bale said: "It's as much pressure as I put on myself. I wanted to come here and play the best football and I'm going to give 100 per cent and try to help the team to win things.

"The transfer (fee) had nothing to do with me - that's between Real Madrid and Tottenham. I wanted to come here whether it was for a penny or whatever it cost.''

Although he has replaced Ronaldo as the most expensive tranfer in history, Bale still believes the Portugal international is the leading player on the planet.

He also revealed the former United star was a big reason why he wanted to join Madrid.

"Cristiano, for me, is the best player in the world. He's a massive factor in why I wanted to come here. It comes no better than him and it'll be an honour to play with him and we'll have a great team and hopefully win a lot of things together,'' he said.

"I don't think I need to help him (Ronaldo) because he's already proved he's the best in the world.''

Madrid will hope the acquisition of Bale can help them achieve their ambition of winning a record 10th European Cup title this season, something that has become an obsession for the club in recent years.

Despite huge outlays on 'galacticos' such as Ronaldo, Kaka, Karim Benzema and David Beckham, the last time the club conquered Europe was back in 2002.

Bale is keen to help them end that wait, saying: "It's great to be here and I hope I can help the team win the 10th European Cup.''

Following his presentation, Bale changed out of his suit and into his Madrid kit before heading down to the pitch, where he performed the traditional keep-ups in front of around 20,000 fans before kicking and throwing balls into the crowd as he made his way around the pitch.

He then made his way to the centre circle where he applauded the supporters and kissed the Madrid badge on his shirt.

When asked about his emotions as he went out onto the Bernabeu pitch for the first time as a Madrid player, Bale said at his press conference: "It's a very surreal situation even when I was doing my keepy-ups I was very nervous. To be in front of the amazing fans who made me feel very welcome was a privilege and I can't wait to get started.''

Spurs and Madrid have clashed on several occasions throughout the summer as the Bale transfer saga waged on.

Tottenham were annoyed at the stage being erected at the Bernabeu for a possible Bale presentation two weeks ago and the idea of Bale shirts being sold on the Real Madrid website.

But the biggest gripe Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy had with Real was with their public flattery towards Bale, which he thinks unsettled the player.

Asked about the transfer saga, Bale insisted he never feared his dream move might break down at the last minute.

"No, it's an absolute pleasure to be here. Florentino (Perez, Madrid's president) and Jose (Angel Sanchez, the club's director general) have made a lot of effort to bring me here and I put my trust in them,'' he said.

"It was all done the right way, they approached the club, did everything as normal. I've had a lot of chats with Florentino and he gave me a lot of confidence in bringing me here.''

On Levy, Bale added: "It's obviously been a difficult time, everyone knows he's a hard businessman but he obviously wanted to do the business for Tottenham and he's been good for the club and has helped them grow the squad.''


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