Wales international Hal Robson-Kanu has told HITC Sport that teammate Gareth Bale has become a complete player since moving to Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur.
The Reading winger told HITC in a telephone interview that Bale's improvement has come as a result of playing alongside superstars, and he does not buy into the criticism the 25-year-old has received from parts of the Spanish press for his performances in 2014/15.
Bale shrugged off any Madrid troubles to score a crucial winner at the weekend against Belgium to ensure Wales top their Euro 2016 qualifying group heading into the Autumn fixtures.
Robson-Kanu told HITC: "He's definitely turned into a complete player. He's got top players to learn from at Madrid and he's very down to earth, he could stay at the level he's at. I'm sure he will do.
"Everyone has criticism once in a while but it's what happens, it's how you respond, (you've) got to keep on playing your game and that's what he will continue to do."
Bale scored 17 goals for Real Madrid last season, a far from insignificant amount, and the fact he received criticism shows just how demanding it is at the La Liga challengers.
With Madrid failing to win the league for the second consecutive season the pressure is on, and Carlo Ancelotti lost his job, despite Bale inspiring Copa del Rey and Champions League wins a year earlier.
As a world record signing, expectations on Bale are high, and increased by the fact talisman Cristiano Ronaldo scores at a ratio which is roughly a goal a game.
As for the claim Bale has improved since leaving Spurs; Robson-Kanu sees him every few months on international breaks and can see first hand his development. What would be fascinating would be to put Bale back in the current Tottenham team and watch the impact he could have on the side.