Gareth Bale has played down suggestions he does not have a good relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo by insisting his the Portuguese superstar helped him settle into life in Spain.
Sections of the media have previously questioned Bale’s relationship with Ronaldo but the Welshman has nothing but kind words to say about the former Manchester United man.
Bale, who joined Real in a world record £86million deal from Tottenham in 2013, claims they have never had an argument during their time together at the club.
The Wales international, speaking in an exclusive interview with The Times, said of Ronaldo: “He speaks English which helped me when I first came here. We also have that link from the Premier League. We get on really well.
“The press makes a lot of things that maybe we don’t but we get on fine. We’ve never had a problem. I’ve never had an argument with him. He’s a very, very passionate person on the pitch — everyone knows that. He’s very determined. People sometimes seem to take that the wrong way. We haven’t had a problem.”
Bale has sent a warning to Ronaldo and the rest of his Real Madrid team-mates ahead of their Champions League semi-final tie with Manchester City by highlighting the quality of the English side.
“City have some great players, Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne is in good form,” added Bale. “They wouldn’t be in the Champions League semi-finals without good players. We know the threat they could pose but we’re ready for it. They know we have good players. Hopefully we can cause them more problems than they cause us.”
He has also lavished praise on current Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez ahead of his return to England to face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.
Bale played under Benitez during the Spaniard’s short tenure at the Santiago Bernabeu, a period when he flourished in a central position rather than out on the wing.