Gareth Bale offered help by sprinting icon

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Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt has offered his services to help Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale improve his speed.

24-year-old Bale, who became the most expensive footballer in the sport's history after completing a world-record £85 million move to the Spanish capital from Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur during the summer, is already renowned for his formidable pace and achieved an incredible speed of almost 25 mph during his debut for Carlo Ancelotti's men against Villarreal at Estadio El Madrigal on September 14.

Unbelievably, that is just two mph slower than Bolt's world record pace, but the athletics great believes he can make Bale even faster.

"I think Gareth is probably the fastest player in the world at the moment - but I will help him with his sprinting if he wants," the 27-year-old was quoted by the Daily Mail.

Bolt, who has arguably cemented his legacy as the most naturally talented athlete in sporting history during a glittering career littered with medals and records, pointed to the work he has done previously with Bale's illustrious teammate -  Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo - and confidently claimed that with his help, the Welshman could become an even better player in the future. 

"It is not just about how fast you can accelerate - but also when you have the football at your feet about balance while you are sprinting as well. I helped Ronaldo with his sprinting in a training session - and look what he has go on to achieve since then.

"I have a lot of respect for Real Madrid - and if they and Gareth want my help I am happy to fly in and take a private training session with Gareth. I hear that he has been clocking speeds close to me - but it is about technique as well.

"I know I could make him an even better player than he already is," he added.

Bale, who notched his first goal for Real in the 2-2 draw against Marcelino García Toral's side, will not be available for selection tonight as Los Blancos look to keep up the pressure on fierce rivals and La Liga leaders Barcelona with their first trip to Elche in 24 years.

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