£85m man just focusing on playing football.
New Real Madrid signing Gareth Bale says he does not feel any special pressure at his new club after arriving for a world-record fee of £85m this summer, according to talkSPORT.
The Welshman joined the Spanish giants late on in the transfer window after a summer-long saga linking him with a move away from former club Tottenham, where his superb performances last season earned him the PFA and FWA Player of the Year awards.
Inevitably, Bale’s big-money move has come under some scrutiny from players and pundits alike, but Bale himself insists this was something out of his control that was in the hands of the two clubs.
Therefore, he feels no need to focus on it, and hopes to impress at his new club by simply playing his football and carrying on where he left off last season.
“To be honest I don’t really think about it. It’s something that was done between the two clubs,” he said.
“Daniel (Levy) wanted an unbelievable deal because he thought of me that highly.
“But the price tag is not down to me, it is between the clubs and what they sorted.
“I have no choice but everything off the pitch is to be dealt with someone else and my job is to play football and that is what I plan on doing.”
Bale scored 26 goals for Spurs last season as they narrowly missed out on a Champions League spot on the final day of the season, and his sizable transfer fee has allowed his old club to invest heavily in exciting new signings such as Roberto Soldado, Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen.
This is the second time in recent years that Madrid have broken the world transfer record, having signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United for £80m back in 2009.