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MADRID. Gareth Bale gave Real Madrid fans their first real taste of what he is capable of with two goals and two assists against Sevilla on Wednesday and the world’s most expensive player believes he has turned a corner.
The €100 million Wales winger’s season has been disrupted by injury but his performance in the 7-3 romp at the Bernabeu showcased his strength and pace as well as his lethal left foot, and suggested he is close to full fitness again after recovering from a thigh strain.
Playing on the right of a three-man frontline with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, Bale opening the scoring with a fierce strike into the top corner, added a second with a deflected free kick and then set up his fellow forwards after powerful runs in from the flank.
“It was important for my form,” Bale told reporters after coming through the full 90 minutes of a match for the first time since joining from Tottenham Hotspur.
“After not having a normal pre-season I have to keep building rhythm so I can give my best,” the 24-year-old added. “Obviously I need time to improve physically but I am very happy to have played 90 minutes.
“Now I need to keep improving and working hard and I will try to be at 100 percent as soon as possible.”
Bale should get another chance to impress when Real play at struggling city neighbours Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side are third in La Liga after 11 games after an unconvincing start, two points behind Atletico Madrid, who play their game in hand at Granada later on Thursday before hosting Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
Bale hopes to kick on after slow start