Barcelona star Gerard Pique has warned Real Madrid new boy Gareth Bale that it will take him time to acclimatise to life in La Liga.

The former Manchester United defender believes Bale will struggle to live up to his world record fee during his first few months at the Santiago Bernabeu.

However Pique is adamant that the Welshman will eventually become a La Liga star.

The 26-year-old, speaking to Sky Sports, said of Bale's move to Madrid: "You never know how he will adapt to a dressing-room like Madrid's with a lot of stars like Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Karim] Benzema.

"Real Madrid are such an immense team - a big, big club. Everyone wants to know something about the players, about Bale too.

"When you're playing for a great team like Madrid, with a lot of pressure because you have to win every game, it's a difficult life.

"I hope he can play well, but we will see. The first month will be more difficult, then it will be a bit more relaxed."

Bale, who trained with his new side for the first time on Wednesday, is set to make his Real Madrid debut on Saturday when Carlo Ancelotti's side take on Villarreal at the Estadio El Madrigal.

Pique will be hoping Bale hasn't settled into life by the time Barcelona host Madrid at the Camp Nou on October 27.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are currently level on points having won all three of their respective league matches.

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