Real Madrid's Gareth Bale has said in an interview with BT Sport that he feels his game has gone on another level ever since he left the Premier League for La Liga with Real Madrid, and encourages more to do so.
The Welshman moved to the Bernabeu last year in the most expensive transfer ever, costing an incredible £86 million to take him from Tottenham, and agrees with the thoughts of England boss Roy Hodgson that more players in England should go abroad to learn more about their game.
The 25-year-went on from White Hart Lane and, after a slow start, finished the season well, scoring in the Copa del Rey and Champions League finals to give him a silverware-laden start to his Bernabeu career in the famous white of Real.
Bale echoed the view of Hodgson, saying that the move to Spain has added more to his game, explaining: "I just think you learn different styles of play, I think the Premier League’s very direct, very fast.
"I think in Spain it’s very technical, they like to keep the ball a lot more, and play more football so I think if you’re moving abroad you get to learn a different style, and you improve in your game obviously.
"Obviously the Premier League’s very, very good, and Spain’s very good, but it’s slightly different I think. If you’ve been playing in the Premier League and you go to Spain you can learn a new type of football, and different things about your game that maybe you wouldn’t learn if you just stayed in the Premier League."
In an exclusive interview with BT Sport, Bale also talks about the immense pressure that comes with being a Real Madrid player, particularly in what many deem the biggest fixture in football; the El Clasico with FC Barcelona.
"I think you always look at the clasicos and think when are they, whether you’re a footballer or you’re just a fan everybody wants to be a part of that one day.
"You feel it, even when you’re coming into the stadium, it’s just ten times bigger than any other game. The pressure, the build up to the game weeks before. It’s a special game, and you can see on the pitch the passion that it means to the players to try and win it.
"You can tell in the stands how much it means to the fans by their reaction to every ball that’s kicked."
To see the full interview with Gareth Bale watch ‘Gareth Bale: A Year in Madrid’ on BT Sport 1 at 7.30pm tonight.