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Bale: After slow start, Real Madrid now seeing my best

Gareth Bale is delighted to have swapped Tottenham for Real Madrid. Bale acknowledged that he had to be patient during the talks, but he has not been feeling the burden of eclipsing team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo as the costliest signing in football.

"It felt like a lifetime," Bale told The Sun. "The negotiations went on and on. It wasn't a normal transfer, it was the biggest in the world.

"Those things take time, so I had to be patient. But it worked out for the best.

"For me, the price isn't important. You think about it but it's not important. The most important thing is to go out on the pitch and do what I do best.

"I just wanted to focus on football. It was a bit difficult at the start, not having a pre-season, but given time and being able to get my fitness up, I felt no pressure.

"I could come into the team and try to do my best."

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