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Norwich defender Bassong: Bale needs good support to succeed at Real Madrid

Norwich City defender Sebastien Bassong says former Tottenham teammate Gareth Bale needs good support around him for his move to Real Madrid.

Bassong wrote in the Daily Mail: "He has to settle down. British players don't like to move abroad - so for the few ones who are doing it, you've got to be strong. He is moving to a big club, so there is big competition. His team-mates might not help him out. Some of them may. It's a team, but full of individuals. There will be rivalry.

"He needs good people around him on his bad days, and believe me, he will have some bad days. If he starts scoring goals in his first few games it will build his confidence and then he will fly.

"But he can't take the free-kicks. Not straight away. I remember when my Cameroon team-mate Geremi was playing at Madrid, he was telling me for a free-kick there was him, Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Luis Figo, and Raul. All of them would be around the ball saying, 'Who is going to take it?'

"Gareth isn't the kind of character to fight like that. At Spurs, yes he would take the ball and say, 'I'm taking the free-kick.' But Madrid is a different level. I don't think personality-wise he will say, 'Please, stand aside, I am taking the free-kick.'"

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