Bale bound to succeed in Madrid, says Wales boss Coleman

Wales manager Chris Coleman says he never doubted winger Gareth Bale would succeed at Real Madrid.

Bale had an injury-hit start at the Bernabeu following his world-record £85m move from Tottenham.

But he has scored five goals in three three games, including a hat-trick against Real Valladolid.

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His talent was never in doubt. He is a fantastic player - one of the top players on the planet

Chris Coleman Wales manager

"Last month after El Clasico he was under pressure, but a month later he is playing well and everyone realises what a good player he is," said Coleman.

Bale, 24, came in for criticism in the Spanish press for his performance in the Clasico defeat by Barcelona in October.

Coleman had warned it could take until the new year for Bale to produce his best form, but always expected the Welshman to make an impact in La Liga.

"That's football. Last month after El Clasico he was under pressure, but a month later he is playing well and everyone realises what a good player he is and that's good news for everyone.

"His talent was never in doubt. He is a fantastic player - one of the top players on the planet.

"But he is the same player as last year. He will not all of a sudden do ridiculous things to warrant that price tag.

"He has to be himself, enjoy his football and keep playing the way he can and the way he has over the last two or three years.

"He is a super player, he is a great guy to work with and I think he is comfortable in Madrid, which is important and he is enjoying his football.

"Once he is doing that, with the ability Gareth Bale has got, only good things are going to happen."

Coleman was speaking at the launch of the Football Association of Wales' 'Behind the Line, Behind the Team' campaign at Glantaf School in Cardiff.

The initiative is designed to improve adult behaviour on the touchline at junior and grassroots football matches in Wales.

One of the ideas of the campaign is to use 'Behind the Line, Behind the Team' barriers to create designated spectator zones and remind those on the touchline not to overstep the boundaries.