Granted Bale, now Spain wants results

Even if Real Madrid had paid 91 million euros for Bale, that would mean club president Florentino Perez had now spent 170 million euros on five signings in the summer transfer window.

updated: September 02, 2013 14:39 IST
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Madrid: Now that Real Madrid has nabbed Gareth Bale for an unconfirmed world record fee, recession-hit Spain wants to see if the 24-year-old earns his money on the field.

The towering price risks sowing discord in the Real Madrid dressing room, and there is no guarantee Bale will live up to expectations, the Spanish press warned Monday as the player was presented in the Bernabeu.

British papers say Real Madrid paid Tottenham 101 million euros ($133.5 million, £86 million) for the Welshman. But Spain's press, quoting Real Madrid sources, say the price tag was "only" 91 million euros.

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