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Bale admits: I've needed time to settle at Real Madrid

Gareth Bale admits he's taken his time to settle at Real Madrid. Bale is in his first season in Spain after arriving from Tottenham.

"Any transfer means a series of changes, in this case it is a new kind of football in a new country and it is not easy to adapt to. I hope to continue to do so and improve my performances. I knew Modric because we were teammates at Tottenham and he has really helped me and given me advice. He is a great, world-class teammate, I am very happy with his game in the middle of the pitch," said Bale.

"In the six months I've been here I have been surprised by the importance of tactics in La Liga. Not so many long balls are played, you try to keep more of the ball and pass it around. That makes it interesting to play in this league, where the standard is so high."

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