Zinedine Zidane admits that Real Madrid’s new signing Gareth Bale is not worth the reported $132.5 million that Real paid to free the Welshman from his Tottenham contract. In an interview with Canal+, the former Real and Juventus player noted that that amount is hard to take in.
“Is Bale worth that amount? This question will have to be asked in a year,” the Los Blancos assistant coach told Canal+. “Ten years ago, I recognized that I was not worth 75 million [euros]. Nowadays I have a tendency to say the same, that no player is worth that. But two clubs agree a price without being forced to. That’s soccer, unfortunately. One cannot understand. It is incomprehensible with all that is going on today.”
Zidane, who joined Real from Juve for a then-world record fee, reflected that it might not be an easy adjustment for Bale. “I have experienced this and for three months it was very complicated. I even considered whether it was best to leave. Then, if you focus on what happens on the field, things flow more naturally.” The World Cup winner added: “My role will be to tell him to play as he knows and not to pressurize himself too much. He has incredible potential and is a player who has proven over the last three years to be the best out there. He also has room for improvement, he is only 24 and I think he can bring much to Madrid.”