Gareth Bale says he is happy to have played his first Champions League game with Real Madrid
The Welshman made his debut for Los Blancos in their 2-2 draw against Villarreal on Saturday, and emerged from the bench late on in the 6-1 Champions League win over Galatasaray last night.
Bale's only other experience of the Champions League came in 2010/11 when he made a name for himself in the competition with Spurs. Then he scored a sensational hat-trick against Inter Milan and helped the north London club to the quarter-finals, where they were were eliminated by Real Madrid.
Speaking to Sky Sports Bale said being able to play in the biggest club competition in the world was a key factor in his decision to leave White Hart Lane.
"It is amazing and a big reason why I joined such a big club was to be playing in the biggest competition in the world and it was great to get out there tonight, get the win and a good start," he told Sky Sports.
Bale completed a deadline-day move from Tottenham for a world-record £86 million and has only trained with his team-mates a handful of times, while he also missed most of pre-season with Spurs through injury.
"I spoke with the manager and I had no pre-season whatsoever, I have trained seven or eight days, had 30 minutes for Wales and 60 minutes on the weekend so it was all about easing me in, and I felt good when I came on and I contributed," he explained.
"It is a different situation not to have a pre-season and it is a bit difficult, but I am feeling like I am getting there, getting minutes on the pitch and it is all about game time and building myself up."
Despite rumours of unrest in Madrid's squad about the arrival of Bale over the summer, he says he has been accepted into the group straight away.
"I think all the boys have made me very welcome and I have settled straight away and I am enjoying my football and want to crack on now, get my fitness up and play a lot more games and have a good season."
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