It is now six years ago that Gareth Bale - for a little while - was the world's most expensive player, when Real Madrid invested nearly 700 million in the then-Tottenham player.
Since Bale enjoyed several triumphs at the track with, among others, four Champions League trophies, still has Bale in his years in the storklubben often been subjected to criticism.
Something that especially goes for Real Madrid fans is that Bale does not speak Spanish. At least not in interviews and public appearances.
And now reveals Madrid's brazilian back Marcelo, that is the case, when he gets Bale in day to day life at the club.
In an interview with Marca tells Marcelo that he misses some of his old teammates. Including Cristiano Ronaldo and goalkeeper Kiko Casilla. And here he enters on His Spanish skills.
Ronaldo left in the summer Madrid, and moved to Juventus, while Kiko Casilla now is in Leeds United.
- Kiko sat next to me in the locker room, and every day I would ask 'Kiko, how are you? How's it going?'. Now I have no one beside me. On the other hand, I have Gareth Bale, but the Bale does not speak Spanish. He speaks only English, and we communicate in gestikulationer, and I say 'Hi, hello and good wine' to him, says Marcelo.
Marcelo has a little difficult to get the conversation to flow with Gareth Bale. Photo: Ritzau Scanpix
The 30-year-old brazilian, laugh has even played in Real Madrid since 2007, and more recently the Spanish media speculated his future at the club.
- To leave Madrid has never been in my thoughts. I trust myself more than any other person, so there is no reason to leave.
- If it happens, then they can pay me, and then it happens. It will be sad, but then slips I am, though I am sure that I shall not be disposed of, it sounds from the outside.