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Gareth Bale under huge pressure to perform, claims Ibra

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Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes new Real Madrid signing Gareth Bale is under pressure to succeed at the club.

Bale joined Madrid for a world-record £85.3 million, and speaking to BBC Radio Five-Live, the Swede admits it will be hard for the Welshman to meet expectations.

"No footballer is worth paying that amount of money for. There is a lot of pressure on him," he told the radio station

The 31-year old, who has played for the likes of Barcelona And AC Milan during his illustrious career, also thinks Bale will have to be thick-skinned to succeed in the Spanish capital.

He added: "I know that when Zinedine Zidane played for Madrid, the fans were whistling against him.

"If they can whistle against Zidane, for me one of the best players in history, I hope Bale has a lot of patience."

Ibrahimovic himself was involved in a number of high-profile transfers, most notably his move to Barca from Inter Milan for £56 million, although a move to England in his earlier years never materialised.

At the age of 19, the 6ft 5in striker looked set to join Arsenal. In fact, Arsene Wenger presented him with the number nine shirt, but the deal never went through.

Now, he admits it's unlikely he'll ever play in the Premier League but he is also wary that anything can happen in the future.

"To come to England? I think my time has passed." said Ibrahimovic.

"I am above 30, I have a good relationship with PSG, with the team. I feel that I can bring out all my qualities at PSG. I have a big responsibility also at PSG. So in my mind, no.

"But often you never know what happens in football. When I went to Barcelona, I was living my dream. In my head I was there for five years. In the end I was there for only one. So every time I plan my future, I change it. So better to take one day at a time."

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