Gareth Bale has described his world record transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid as being “very stressful,” claiming that there were times when he feared the $132 million deal would collapse.
"It was a long time. It was very stressful to say the least," the Welshman told BT Sport. "I knew their interest from the start and I was always confident the move would go through but obviously the chairman, Daniel Levy, had to do his business and do Tottenham well so I kind of understood that. But at the same time, thinking of myself, It was a hard time, it was stressful and I just had to be patient and try to focus."
The 24-year-old added that he has dreamed about moving to Spanish capital club since he was a child. "When I was younger I had some close friends and we always loved European football and Real Madrid at that time were the dominant force and we always watched Real Madrid,” he said. “I remember family holidays, we used to go Spain, and we'd bring back replica shirts of Real Madrid and wear them out and always pretend to be the players when we played in the park. It just started from there and I followed them since.”