Gareth Bale explains why life at Real Madrid 'no different' to Southampton

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Real Madrid star Gareth Bale says life at the Bernabeu is 'no different' to how it was at Southampton or even Tottenham.

Gareth Bale has told this month's issue of FourFourTwo that life at Real Madrid is no different to life at Southampton - despite the higher calibre of players.

Whilst the likes of Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers, James Ward-Prowse, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have all graduated from the Southampton academy, Bale remains the poster boy the Saints youth setup - almost two years after his world record move to Real Madrid from Tottenham.

The Welsh international cut his teeth in the Championship with the Saints, scoring five goals in 43 games during his one full season in the first team.

Then it was on to Tottenham, and having been misused as a left back, Bale moved up to play on the left wing - and there was no stopping him from then on.

His final three seasons at White Hart Lane saw him hit 49 goals in 127 games before completing that reported £86m move to Real Madrid.

Now a regular the the Galacticos alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, Bale is at the top of the sport - but the 25-year-old told FourFourTwo that his life with the Spanish giants is no different to his career so far, despite the star names surrounding him.

"Does it dawn on me, who I train with? Not really." said Bale. "It's just normal. You get used to the stars being around you all the time. On your first day you want to impress everybody, but once your're set up at the club, it's no different to Southampton, Tottenham or Wales, to be honest."

The winger is at the biggest club in world football, but it would be little surprise to see him return to Southampton at some point later on in his career given his affinity to the club that gave him a chance in professional football.

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