Bale talks about aims at Real Madrid and desire to play alongside Ronaldo
It appeared as if Gareth Bale’s arrival would mark the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, but both players are now expected to co-exist in a three-pronged attack. Rumors suggested Ronaldo would leave in the last moments of the transfer window if Bale arrives at Bernabeu. Well, the coveted Welsh forward was brought in, but Ronaldo remains loyal to the Madridsta cause.
The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Bale has made sure that any hindrance in playing together doesn’t come from his side. During his welcome ceremony on Monday, Bale told reporters that playing alongside Ronaldo happened to be a “massive factor” in influencing him to become Los Blancos player.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is for me the best player in the world,” Bale said. “He is a massive factor why I wanted to come here. The team is full of world-class players, no better than him. It will be an honor to play with him, and hopefully learn from him. Hopefully we can win a lot of trophies together.”
Bale refused to be pulled into politics by media upon being questioned on whether he will share the free-kicks with Ronaldo. The Wales international smiled and pointed out that Ronaldo is the “boss” and he will wait and talk to him before commenting on such issues.
“He’s the boss here I think, the main player, the best player in the world,” Bale said. “I want to obviously help the team and try to win trophies. I will have to wait and see what he says.”
It is still not clear whether Bale will replace Ronaldo on the left wing; since both players specialize on attacking from the left. Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has been experimenting with Ronaldo on various positions during the preseason and the league games. So far Ronaldo has played more of a central role in the attack. This suggests Bale could be place on the left wing, with Ronaldo having a free-role in the attack.
Bale insists he hasn’t had a chat with Ancelotti on where he plans to use him. The versatile forward claims he will have to wait to see where the Italian tactician plans on using him.
“I have had a brief chat with the manager, not too much in detail,” Bale revealed. “I am looking forward to talking to him. He is bringing me here to improve the team. Wherever I am put on the pitch I will give 100%.”
Bale admits it won’t be easy to get a spot in Real Madrid’s first team, but he will work hard to earn Ancelotti’s trust.
“I have a job to get into the XI. Every player here is world class. Madrid sign the best players in the world,” Bale said. “I know I cannot walk straight into the team, I have to work hard. I am always looking to improve myself as a footballer, and that should not stop now. There is a lot more to come from me, I am here with the best players, the best coaches and with the best chance to keep improving. I have played in a lot of different positions. Wherever the coach thinks I can play my best football I will give 100%.”
It is believed that Real Madrid paid in between €91-101 million for Bale. This means it is still not clear whether Bale has broken Ronaldo’s record for being the most expensive football player on this planet.
“The transfer fee has nothing to do with me,” Bale commented on the issue. “That is between Real Madrid and Tottenham. For a penny or whatever, I want to come here and do my best for the club. That is all I can say. I want to win titles, play in the Champions League and become the best player I can.”