MADRID, SPAIN (SEPTEMBER 02, 2013) (REUTERS) - New Real Madrid player Gareth Bale told a news conference on Monday (September 2) that he always had the club's white strip in his heart and was really looking forward to wearing it.
Bale gave a confident media performance, fielding questions from Spanish and British journalists and saying that he was well aware of how important winning the Champions League is for RealMadrid.
The Summer's longest transfer saga finally ended on Sunday (September 1) when Spurs announced they had sold Bale to Real for 100 million euros ($132 million); the La Liga clubconfirmed he had agreed a six-year contract.
"I've always loved the white of Real Madrid. It's -- I've been following them all my life, I loved foreign football, especially Spanish football. And yeah, I think I had the shirt when I was nine, 10, 11-years-old and I followed them till now and yeah, it's an absolute dream come true to be here and I can't wait to pull on the white strip," Bale told the news conference shortly after being unveiled as the club's world record signing.
He declined to comment on the amount, but did say that the size of the transfer fee did not put extra pressure on him.
"It's as much pressure as I put on myself. I want to come here, I want to play my best football, I want to contribute to help the team and yeah I think, I don´t think there's pressure in that sense. I think the most pressure comes from me and I want to succeed and I'll give 100 per cent to playing football for Real Madrid and trying to help the team to win things," he said.
Bale also said he couldn´t expect to make the starting 11 immediately because the nine-times European champions already had the best players in the world.
"Every, every player here is world class. Real Madrid sign, sign the best players in the world. So obviously it is an honour to be here. I know I can't just come here and walk straight into the starting 11. I have to work hard," said the 24-year-old Welsh international, who was due to join the Wales squad later on Monday.
Last season Bale performed to an exceptionally high level no matter his starting position.
Real manager Carlo Ancelotti can deploy his new player in a formidable attacking trio withPortugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo and France striker Karim Benzema, as the club tries to wrest the Spanish title back from arch rivals Barcelona.
Quizzed about which position he might occupy, Bale said he was happy to play wherever Ancelotti wanted him.
"I enjoy playing in all the positions, to be honest, that I have played. So I don´t know if I have a preference any more. I think I obviously played on the right a lot last season, behind the striker in the free role on the left. So you know, whereever the manager sees fit for me to play and thinks that's where I'll play my best football," he said.
Bale also told the news conference that he was looking forward to playing alongside Ronaldo, previously the world's most expensive player after joining from Manchester United for around 94 million euros in 2009.
Asked who would be taking the free kicks, Bale smiled and said: "He is the boss here I think, he is the main player, he is the best player in the world and I want to learn off him, as I've said. So you know, for me, I want to obviously try and help the team and try and help us to win trophies. So yeah, on that department I´ll have to wait and see what he says."
Bale, who said he was learning Spanish, could make his Real debut after the international break in their La Liga match at Villarreal on September 14.
The price Real paid for him has drawn some criticism in Spain at a time when the nation is in the grip of a punishing recession and unemployment is hovering just below 30 percent.
Ordinary Spaniards are also being forced to accept cuts in wages and benefits, while the government is slashing spending on public services like health and education.