Real Madrid's newest Galactico Gareth Bale has admitted that waiting for a move to the Spanish capital was very stressful.
Bale completed his world-record £85m move to Real Madrid on Sunday evening, bringing an end to the longest running transfer saga of the summer.
24-year-old Bale has said that although he respected the way Tottenham dealt with the transfer, the time it was taking added to the tension.
Tottenham were thought to be holding the deal back to stop north London rivals from signing Mesut Ozil.
The Welshman has admitted that although waiting for the move caused him stress, it was worth the wait.
He told BT Sport: “It’s quite nice to come back and relax - and get back to normality, really.
“It’s been very stressful, to say the least. I knew they were interested 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 and focus and I believed they [Real Madrid] would get the deal through, and finally they did.”
Upon signing for Real Madrid Bale claimed he was a life-long Real fan despite growing up in Cardiff, Wales.
The sceptical claim has been reiterated by the Welsh star, however. He said: “I remember family holidays when we used to go to Spain and we’d bring back replica shirts of Real Madrid and pretend to be the players when we played in the park.
“I’ve followed them ever since and the football they played, the team they had, was amazing and it’s just great to be there.”
Real Madrid's star man then confirmed that turning up at the Bernabeu to be welcomed by thousands of fans was nothing but a relief.
When asked how he felt upon his arrival in Spanish capital he said: “Just a sigh of relief, to be honest,” he said.
“Travelling over there, the excitement got more and more and I just felt honoured that I was going there.”
Gareth Bale in an ambassador for BT Sport.
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