Real coach: Bale fee too high
Real Madrid assistant coach Zinedine Zidane has called Gareth Bale’s transfer fee ‘incomprehensible’ and admits that he will have to deal with the pressure following his record breaking move from Tottenham Hotspur.
Bale moved to Madrid from Spurs for €100million (£85.3million) on a six-year deal, smashing the previous record held by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Zidane himself joined Real for a then world-record fee in 2001 and felt that the price was too much, and admitted it is hard to understand how a player can cost so much in the current economic climate.
When asked by Canal Plus if Bale was worth his fee the Frenchman said, as reported by Sky Sports:”You need to ask that question in a year’s time.
“Ten years ago, they bought me for 75million euros and I said I wasn’t worth it.
“Today, I tend to say a player is not worth that. Two clubs agree on a price and no-one is forcing the other to do anything.
“That’s football. Unfortunately, it’s incomprehensible with what’s happening today to pay so much.”
Zidane believes that Bale can still improve as a player and is willing to offer him advice, should he ask for it.
“My role will certainly be to tell him that he plays as he knows how to, to not put too much pressure on himself,” he added.
“He has an incredible potential but he still has room for improvement.”
Bale, on international duty with Wales at present, is expected to make his Madrid debut against Villareal on September 14.