Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Juande Ramos has backed Gareth Bale to adapt easily to life in Spain if he eventually signs for Real Madrid.
Bale has just one winners medal to show for his six years with Spurs, a Carling Cup success under Ramos in 2008, although the Welsh international did not take part in the 2-1 extra-time victory over Chelsea due to injury.
“Bale had suffered a serious ankle injury some months before and could not take part in that game,” the current Dnipro Coach recalled in an interview with Marca.
“He had loads of potential as an 18 year old. He played at left-back under me and covered the whole wing. He had an impressive physique and a great left foot and has progressed a lot and played at the highest level.”
Asked how Bale would adapt at Real Madrid, Ramos dismissed the idea he would have any problems.
“He has the necessary quality to adapt at Real and won’t have any problems. A player of Bale’s talent would play well in any team. I’d say that adapting to a country like Spain that has good weather and outgoing people shouldn’t be a problem for him.
“What I will say is that, in London, surrounded by his people, he behaved like a normal lad," added Ramos, who said he was surprised by the figures being discussed regarding a transfer fee.
“Talking about those figures is an insult, particularly when you consider the current economic situation in Spain, but it’s the market that dictates the price.”