Bale: Transfer turmoil worth it

Gareth Bale says it was well worth spending time "in limbo" last summer as he waited to join Real Madrid from Tottenham.

Last Updated: 30/08/14 at 12:04 Post Comment

Gareth Bale: Wales international excelling at Real Madrid

Gareth Bale: Wales international excelling at Real Madrid

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Wales international winger became the most expensive footballer in history when the Spanish club paid Spurs a transfer fee of £85.3million.

Madrid had been chasing the 25-year-old all summer, but it was only late in the window that they could reach an agreement with Tottenham.

Bale struggled with injuries at the start of his Madrid career, but soon gained momentum and established himself as one of the best player in Carlo Ancelotti’s team.

The former Southampton star scored 15 goals and provided 12 assists in 27 La Liga appearances, and netted six goals and created four in Los Blancos’ successful Champions League campaign.

Bale, who also scored the winning goal in the Copa del Rey final against arch-rivals Barcelona, believes that he made the right decision in moving to the 10-time European champions when he had the chance.

“It’s nice now to sit back and just watch the transfers,” he told the Daily Mail. “When you are settled somewhere, you can enjoy it - but it was the complete opposite 12 months ago. I was still at home waiting to come here.

“When you are in limbo between two clubs, it’s not the greatest feeling in the world but if you want to move, you have to go through that sometimes.

“I made the right decision last year. To win two trophies last season and then the European Super Cup in Cardiff shows that.”

Bale added: “I love the weather (in Spain) - still being in vests and shorts for training instead of tracksuit bottoms and tops is great - and I love the food, especially the Spanish ham.

"I order plates of the stuff. I feel very happy out here. And I’m enjoying my football, which is the most important thing.”

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's a bloody good goal, though. Sh!t, the kid's gonna be the worlds best before we know it, isn't he? He's got the touch of genius in him. Like Neymar, but with muscles and stuff. He's doing a Ronaldo as we watch. He's bulked up to be able to ride the tackles, but he's improved technically as well. His touch is sublime. Bugger.

HarryBoulton
WATCH: Hazard's stunning goal

A

hhh, Jose arguing with another managers wife, clearest sign yet that we are going mental during the close season. I am rocking back and forth on my haunches.

hump3.
Jose hits back at Rafa's wife

I

t's only a matter of time before one of them throws in a yo mamma

lee
Jose hits back at Rafa's wife

Footer 365

Chelsea fail with £25m bid for Everton's John Stones

Everton have rejected an improved bid of £25m from Chelsea for centre-half John Stones, according to Sky sources.

Jose: 'Cabaye move makes PL harder'

Jose Mourinho claims the transfer of players like Yohan Cabaye to mid-table clubs makes the PL "very, very hard" to win.

Real reopen talks over £28m De Gea deal

Real Madrid have reportedly reopened negotiations with Manchester United over David de Gea and may complete a deal in the coming days.

Mail Box

Mails: This Is My Perfect Moment

Lots of Mailboxers channel their inner Martine McCutcheon to bring you their perfect footballing moments. Plus thoughts on Blatter, names, and Chelsea worries...

Mails: Let's Talk About Jose's Failures...

We don't talk about them because Chelsea won the title...but imagine if LVG or Brendan Rodgers had signed Juan Cuadrado. Plus, a trawl through the squads...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company