Bale enjoying the expectation

Gareth Bale has conceded that he enjoys the ‘expectation’ on his shoulders at Real Madrid.

The Wales international became the world’s most expensive footballer in the summer, leaving Tottenham for Los Blancos for £85m.

And after impressing at Santiago Bernabeu early on, the winger has claimed that he wants to kick on domestically and in the Champions League, starting this week against Schalke.

“There is a lot of expectation here, we’re the biggest club in the world, we want to win every game and there's an expectation for us to win every game but it's one that we all like,” he told uefa.com.

“We are all winners and we want to win every trophy we’re playing in. I don’t think we’ve lost yet [in the Champions League], obviously we can still get better and that’s the plan, we’ll just take one step at a time and hopefully we can win the Champions League.”

The forward also reminisced of his memories of Real Madrid’s Champions League final win over Bayer Leverkusen in 2002.

“I used to try and watch as much football as I could when I was younger, I think my first real memory was actually watching Real Madrid in the final I think it was at Hampden Park at the time when Zidane scored that unbelievable volley and they won the Champions Leeague. That was my first proper memory and obviously a good one.”

Bale concluded by remarking on his initial experiences in Madrid.

“I’m enjoying it very much, there are things that are a lot different from the UK, but I'm enjoying myself thoroughly, the Spanish is coming along slowly but surely I just need to keep working hard and try to learn the language as much as I can.”

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