PSG striker warns of pressures of playing for Europe’s biggest clubs.
Paris Saint-Germain front-man Zlatan Ibrahimovic has warned new Real Madrid signing Gareth Bale that there will be “a lot of pressure on him” playing for the Spanish giants, according to reports on BBC Sport Online.
The Wales international finally made his long-awaited dream move to the Santiago Bernabeu towards the end of the summer transfer window, with the 24-year-old leaving Tottenham Hotspur in a world-record transfer deal worth a whopping £85m, with Bale agreeing a six-year contract on 300,00 euros a week.
However Ibrahimovic, who himself made a similar eye-catching move from Inter Milan to Barcelona in 2009 worth £56.5m, knows exactly what sort of pressures and scrutiny will be awaiting the wide-man on his debut in the Spanish capital, which may come as early as Sunday against high-flying Villarreal in La Liga.
“No footballer is worth paying that amount of money for,” Ibra said in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live.
“There is a lot of pressure on him. I know that when Zinedine Zidane played for Madrid, the fans were whistling against him.
“If they can whistle against Zidane, for me one of the best players in history, I hope Bale has a lot of patience.”
And the 31-year-old has also urged caution after his own dream move to Nou Camp turned sour, with the Sweden international being forced to leave Barca after just one season in Catalonia after falling out with manager Pep Guardiola.
“I had a dream to come to Barcelona. But afterwards I am thinking that maybe you should keep your dreams, instead of making it come true,” he added.
“Bale’s move is similar to my transfer to Barcelona, but what creates that situation and the fee is the media, the selling club and how desperate the buying club are to buy a big name.”
Bale featured for Wales in their Fifa World Cup qualifier with Serbia in Cardiff on Tuesday night, with the winger coming off the bench in the second half in what was his first appearance of the season for either club or country.