Bale: I tried to make things tick

Gareth Bale has indicated that he felt a need to be the main man at Tottenham, saying he tried to "make everything tick".

Last Updated: 21/12/13 at 09:22 Post Comment

Gareth Bale: Thriving at Real Madrid

Gareth Bale: Thriving at Real Madrid

The Wales international's stunning form for Spurs earned him an £86million summer move to Real Madrid which his old club do not appear to have recovered from.

Despite reinvesting the money they got for the forward, Spurs are struggling for form and last week sacked manager Andre Villas-Boas.

The goals of Bale - 26 in total - helped the Portuguese rebuild his reputation last season after losing his job at Chelsea, but without the 24-year-old this time around, the flowing football dried up.

But Bale has continued to impress in Madrid after a slow start and on Saturday admitted to enjoying sharing the responsibility with his fellow players.

"They lead by example. If you ever want to talk to them they're always there to listen. It's great to play alongside them because they're world-class players too," he told the Daily Telegraph of his Madrid team-mates.

"At Tottenham I was always trying to get onto the ball and make everything tick, whereas here everybody's doing that, there are world-class players all around the pitch and you're able to concentrate just on your game rather than bringing the whole team forward, and I'm enjoying that."

Bale's words come as his old club continue their search for a replacement for Villas-Boas.

Tim Sherwood - a backroom coach during Bale's time - is currently in charge and has received backing from old Spurs manager Harry Redknapp.

The ex-Blackburn captain wants the job and is hoping chairman Daniel Levy will give him the chance, for he does not fancy serving under someone else.

"That isn't me to be honest, I wouldn't want to do that," he said when asked about assisting another manager.

"I don't think Daniel is linking them [other names], it is the press who are putting the names there.

"They are all good managers and we have had good managers at this club, sometimes it has got to fit, the club and the manager have to be compatible.

"It is not always about the biggest name, he may have done well at another club but it doesn't mean he is going to do well at this one.

"It is up to the chairman and the board to make the correct decision which is right for the long-term future of this club, it isn't good to keep changing managers."

"I know all about the football club, I played here and it is my club. I know what the supporters want and what they demand but it is not my decision to make the appointment."


New Sky Bet customers: Free £30 matched bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

his is all good fun, but anyone who thinks United are 4th best in England for anything more than a blip is properly f***ing mental. And Domenech is properly f***ing mental.

megabrow (cufc)
Schneiderlin must join United - Domenech

I

f the answer is Matt Phillips, the question should never be Who is one of your major transfer targets?

jelasfirsttouch
The Twosome Gossip

I

s this Chris Smalling playing the 'Race' card?

hump3.
Smalling wants United race

Footer 365

Roberto Firmino eyeing trophy success at Liverpool after saying bye to Hoffenheim

Liverpool's £29m summer signing Roberto Firmino hopes to celebrate "a lot of success" at Anfield and 'can't wait test himself in the Premier League'.

Manchester United 'agree Matteo Darmian fee with Torino'

Manchester United have agreed a fee with Torino for Italy right-back Matteo Darmian, according to Sky Italia sources.

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba not joining Barcelona this year

Barcelona have insisted they are "not planning" a move for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba this calendar year.

Mail Box

Doesn't Delph To Arsenal Make More Sense?

We have reaction to our Top Ten regarding Philipp Lahm and Dave Mackay, why we all love Harry Kane, Fabian Delph to Arsenal and what United can get away with...

Why Is Kane More Likeable Than Carrick?

A Mailbox which covers topics including Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero, Robin van Persie, handballs, transfer reporting and Rodgers bingo. It's not us being mean...

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