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Bale: "Cristiano is the best and I'm going to learn from him"

New Real Madrid man Gareth Bale has spoken to BeIn Sport about his early experiences at the Santiago Bernabéu, declaring: “It has always been my dream.”

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Gareth Bale has spoken to BeIn Sport about his initial experiences as a Real Madrid player, declaring: “It has always been my dream.”

The opportunity to play at Real Madrid: “When Madrid contact you, that's something that only comes about once. It’s a very, very big club. The biggest and the best in the world. It has always been my dream. When I was young, my close friends and I loved European football, and at that time Real Madrid were the dominant force. We always watched them, and I remember going on holiday with my family to Spain and coming back with Real Madrid replica shirts. And we pretended we were Madrid players when we played in the park. Since then I’ve followed them and I loved the football they played, the players they had... Now it’s great to be here.”

His unveiling: “When I went up to give my speech there were all these people in front of me... It was a little bit emotional for me.”

The transfer saga: “My agent told me that there was interest and they wanted it to be done this summer. If I’m honest, I don’t think you’ve ever seen such a huge smile on my face. It had been my dream for several years. From that moment on I prayed that it would be done. It would be an understatement to say it was stressful. I was confident that it would be done, but obviously the chairman Daniel Levy had to do his business and protect the interests of Tottenham Hotspur. I had to be patient.”

Transfer fee: “To be honest, I don’t think about the money involved in the transfer. That’s something between the two clubs. Obviously Daniel wanted a great deal in exchange for losing me. I play football, that’s what I want to do. [I want to] play my game, my own game, and I know I can.”

New dressing room: “I’m excited at being able to train with the best players. Everyone has their own opinion, but for me Cristiano is the best in the world. He’s the most complete player, and I’m going to train with him, play with him and learn from the best. The only way that I can see to improve is by having a great coach, a great technical team... [Zinedine] Zidane! Of course you’re going to become a better player [in conditions] like this.”

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