Gareth Bale, Real Madrid,

Los Blancos new signing Gareth Bale was speaking after coming off the bench in Madrid’s 6-1 thrashing of Galatasaray last night in Istanbul in during their Champions League match first leg.

Bale came on midway through the second half and did his bit as Cristiano Ronaldo claimed a hat-trick.

The Welsh international was not bothered about starting from the bench, being happy just to be involved with Champions League football.

“It is amazing and a big reason why I joined such a big club was to be playing in the biggest competition in the world and it was great to get out there tonight, get the win and a good start,” he told Sky Sports.

Surprisingly Bale made his debut from the start against Villarreal over the weekend, but he knew he would not start two games in a row due to his lack of pre-season training with former club Tottenham.

“I spoke with the manager and I had no pre-season whatsoever, I have trained seven or eight days, had 30 minutes for Wales and 60 minutes on the weekend so it was all about easing me in, and I felt good when I came on and I contributed,” he continued.

“It is a different situation not to have a pre-season and it is a bit difficult, but I am feeling like I am getting there, getting minutes on the pitch and it is all about game time and building myself up.”

Bale said he feels a part of the squad adding:”I think all the boys have made me very welcome and I have settled straight away and I am enjoying my football and want to crack on now, get my fitness up and play a lot more games and have a good season.”