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Bale 'understood' tough Tottenham stance

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Bale forces Wales to tighten up security

Gareth Bale acknowledges he was stressed prior to joining Real Madrid but insists he understood the tough negotiating stance adopted by Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

The 24-year-old completed his world-record 86 million pound switch to the Spanish club Sunday and signed a six-year contract with Carlo Ancelotti's side before being unveiled at the Santiago Bernabeu on Monday.

Negotiations, which lasted throughout the summer, saw Levy attempt to hold out for a figure of 100 million pounds, while a late delay in the deal was caused by Tottenham wanting to complete a move for Erik Lamela before allowing Bale to leave.

"It's obviously been a whirlwind few days. It was great to be unveiled, it's a day I'll never forget," Bale told BT Sport. "It was a long time, it was very stressful to say the least. I knew their interest from the start and I was always confident the move would go through. The chairman, Daniel Levy, had to do his business and do Tottenham well -- and I kind of understood that -- but, at the same time, it was a hard time.

"I had to be patient and try and focus. I believed the president and Jose [Angel Sanchez] would get the deal through and finally it did and it was great to be unveiled."

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