Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid finally came to a deal that sent Gareth Bale to the Spanish capital. It came after months of a back and forth between the clubs. The deal was finally done just days before the transfer deadline for a world record fee in the vicinity of €100 million.
“It was a long time. It was very stressful to say the least,” Bale told BT Sport, via ESPN FC. “I knew their interest from the start and I was always confident the move would go through but obviously the chairman Daniel Levy had to do his business and do Tottenham well so I kind of understood that.
“But at the same time, thinking of myself, it was a hard time, it was stressful and I just had to be patient and try and focus.”
It was worth it for Bale though who gets to live out his childhood dream of playing for the club.
“When I was younger I had some close friends and we always loved European football and Real Madrid at that time were the dominant force and we always watched Real Madrid,” he said.
“I remember family holidays, we used to go Spain, and we’d bring back replica shirts of Real Madrid and wear them out and always pretend to be the players when we played in the park.
“It just started from there and I followed them since. Obviously the football they play, the team they are is amazing and it’s just great to be there.”