£34 million signing Asier Illarramendi was unveiled in front of Real Madrid fans, but they were more interested in coaxing another young talent to the Bernabeu in the form of Gareth Bale.
The young Spaniard from Real Sociedad received a warm greeting from no less than 5,000 Madridistas in his first press conference since joining Real Madrid.
He was joined by Los Blancos president Florentino Perez, who according to Marca, was chanted at by a large contingent of the crowd, "querremos a Bale" or "We want Bale" in English.
Bale may well be the hottest property in European football right now, having won both the PFA Player of the Year, PFA Young Player of the Year and Footballer Writers' Player of the Year awards last season, despite his club having finished only fifth in the Premier League.
Speculation has mounted regarding a Bale transfer as a result, with the Welsh Wonder being linked to many of the European superpowers like Barcelona, Manchester United and of course, Real Madrid.
Bale reportedly, and quite rightly, wants to play Champion's League football in a bid to further develop as a player by competing against the best players in the world.
The 23-year-old was the subject of Perez's interest as early as May when the president of Los Blancos was quoted as saying Bale was "born to play in Madrid".
Bale has not yet been approached formally by Madrid, but the Welshman is certainly high on their priority list and would be a welcome addition in Madrid for fans, players and coaches alike.
Real Madrid will have to sign a big name to offset the addition of Brazilian starlet Neymar to their Catalan rivals Barcelona if they are to compete next season.
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