‘Bale’s price is exorbitant’

Chechu Dorado has labelled Gareth Bale’s transfer fee to Real Madrid as ‘excessive’, but admits it isn’t something in the mind when playing on the pitch.

Bale completed a move to Madrid this week for a fee reported as between €90m and €100m.

Possibly in line for a debut in Week 4’s League meeting at El Madrigal after the international break, one defender he may come up against has commented on the amount forked out.

“The price for Bale is exorbitant,” Dorado told reporters this week.

“I think that if you pay that much for some players, I don’t know what you might pay for others. But it is good for the League, it gives us more strength and that’s always good.

“Do you think about it on the pitch? The truth is that the footballer does not think about if they are up against a great player, if they cost a lot of money like Bale, or if they are the best.

“You just think about playing and finishing the game and you haven’t even noticed [everything else].”

Villarreal are enjoying the international break at the top of the table with Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, after winning their opening three games.

“The team has three wins and it is much better to start well, although we are aware that what we have is circumstantial and we will not go crazy.

“The idea should always be to continue on the same path, to go game by game. We now have a week off and we can enjoy our achievements, but nothing more.

“When I was with Betis, we won our first four games and then we went 10 games without a win, which is a demonstration that things are not going to be like this all year and that there will be defeats and bad results.

“Therefore, we know that if we take our foot off the gas, we will fall back.

“We are on a roll and would rather not have stopped for the international break, but you never know how things will go.”

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