Speaking to journalists in Istanbul ahead of their Champions League group game against Galatasaray, Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos said he and his Madrid team-mates knew little about Gareth Bale before his £86million arrival this summer:
"The truth is because he did not play for a team in England that played in the Champions League - we did not know that much about him."
Despite scoring 31 goals in all competitions last season, Gareth Bale's endeavours in the Premier League have clearly gone unnoticed by those at Real Madrid.
During Tottenham's last spell in the Champions League, Bale announced his arrival as an attacking force by scoring an amazing hat-trick at the San Siro against Inter Milan. The Welshman then went on to improve his overall game last year, winning accolades and worldwide praise in the process.
On the Bale summer saga, Sergio Ramos put his trust in his manager when he was chasing the Welshman.
"We know if he the coach wanted him that strongly he must be a good player - but nobody was prepared for how special he is," Ramos said.
"It has only been a few training sessions we have seen him in - but some of what we see we can't believe. He is so fast, so tricky, and the frightening thing is that he is not even 100 per cent game fit yet."
Gareth Bale announced his arrival in La Liga by scoring Madrid's first goal in the 2-2 draw at newly-promoted Villarreal. Madrid are chasing their tenth Champions League trophy, and begin with a trip to Galatasaray on Tuesday.
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