After Gareth Bale’s world record move to Real Madrid he could have been forgiven to lap up the attention from his new adoring fans, but he has kept his feet firmly on the ground by returning to the Welsh squad for the upcoming internationals.
With the transfer to Real Madrid having taken until transfer deadline day he had been training with the Tottenham staff to keep his fitness up.
Meaning that he goes to Real Madrid with a fresh outlook on his career but his first involvement now as a Real Madrid player will be for his country.
Choosing to leave Madrid straight away seems to have been an easy decision after he reassured Wales manager, Chris Coleman, that he was returning to the Welsh camp straight after his unveiling at Real Madrid.
The Welsh manager said “Fantastic, that’s what you’re looking for, he’s an absolute credit [to Welsh football],” Coleman said. “If its good enough for Gareth its good enough for all of us to have that mentality.”
The levelheaded nature of his return to the national team so soon after signing for his “dream club” is a good sign for his future involvement in the national squad.
He has always put his international commitments first whenever it comes to playing for Wales and goalkeeper Boaz Myhill has echoed that view.
“I’m sure if he’s fit he’ll turn up. He always doe,” said the West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper.
During the last set of internationals and in the full swing of his proposed transfer to Real Madrid in August he wasn’t involved but still went to watch the games.
There is only one Welsh footballer who has made the transition from England to another country successfully, John Charles – Serie A’s greatest ever import.
That is a fact as in 1997 he was voted as the top import into the Italian league ahead of the likes of Maradona and Van Basten to name a few.
With this legacy being left behind by arguably Wale’s greatest ever player, Gareth Bale has the comfort of knowing he can follow the same path.
With the backing of Zinedine Zidane, a Real Madrid legend from the galacticos era, and many other sporting greats all Bale has to do is re-create the form shown last season that led to him being award the PFA Player of the year and young player of the year award.
The most expensive player in the history of the game is a tag that Bale will have to get used to, but for now he has returned home to give Welsh football that extra boost to their World Cup qualifying campaign.