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Gareth Bale: I don't have to do all the work at Madrid

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Gareth Bale says he is loving life in Spain, and revealed he is enjoying not having to shoulder as much responsibility with Real Madrid as he did with Tottenham.

The Welshman secured a world record £86 million move from White Hart Lane on transfer deadline day in the summer, and after a rough start at his new club thanks to injury, now looks to have found his feet.

In 10 La Liga games he's scored seven goals, while he has two in five Champions League appearances to date.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Telegraph, Bale says he is flourishing playing alongside players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, and says that at Tottenham he felt it was his responsibility to make things happen.

"At Tottenham I was always trying to get onto the ball and make everything tick, whereas here everybody's doing that," the 24-year-old said.

"There are world-class players all around the pitch and you're able to concentrate just on your game rather than bringing the whole team forward, and I'm enjoying that."

Another bone of contention for Bale was the protracted nature of his summer switch to the Bernabeu.

Tottenham refused to do business with Real Madrid until the very last day of the window, with Bale dragging his heels and refusing to play in the north London club's opening fixtures in an attempt to force a move.

That meant that the former Southampton man was short of fitness when he arrived in Spain, but now he insists that his injury problems are behind him.

"It was difficult not having a pre-season, you miss a lot of ball sessions and running and everything," he added.

"Once I felt I was able to do that physically and mentally, I felt I was able to show what I was able to do."

Bale is a doubt for Real Madrid's weekend encounter against Valencia after picking up a calf injury in the week.

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