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Gareth Bale: 'Spanish League is most exciting'

The 25-year-old from Cardiff is the world's most expensive player Credit: PA

Welsh footballer Gareth Bale says the Premier League has lost its tag as the 'best in the world.'

The Premier League has always prided itself on supposedly being the most exciting championship in world football, but for Bale the Primera Division is the best around.

"The Spanish League is the most exciting. The world's top players play there. Barcelona or Real Madrid are always there near the Champions League final or winning it."

"The Premier League is a great league, but we are attracting the best players to La Liga. It is great to be involved in it."

– Gareth Bale

The 25-year-old spent six years at Tottenham, before moving to Real Madrid last summer for a world-record fee of £85.3 million.

The European champions wasted little time signing James Rodriguez for £63 million this summer, following his stunning performances at the World Cup.

But, his signing means Bale now has to work even harder to retain his first-team place, despite being the most expensive player of all time.

"James is a great signing, he has shown what quality he has in the World Cup and hopefully he can produce for Real Madrid what he did for Colombia."

"It's for the manager to decide what system we play and who plays. You need to perform well to keep your place. Everyone knows that."

– Gareth Bale

Almost a year has passed since Bale signed a six-year contract at the Santiago Bernabeu.

After a summer of rest, he's been working hard this week in LA, where Real are basing themselves for the International Champions Cup - a pre-season tournament which includes some of the best teams in Europe.