Gareth Bale departed Real Madrid in this transfer window to return to Tottenham Hotspur on a season-long loan, yet he has no regrets about the way in which his time in the Spanish capital came to an end.
The Welsh forward had a difficult relationship with Zinedine Zidane and, for the final third of the season, he was regularly made to watch games from the stands.
“No I don’t have any regrets [about my time at Real Madrid], no,” Bale told Sky Sports.
“I just try and play football; that’s all I can do, and everything else that’s said externally is out of my control.
“As I said, I have no regrets about what I’ve done. Whatever anyone else has said, that’s up to them.
“I know my opinion of myself and my family know exactly what I am, so that’s all I’m worried about.
“Obviously going into a different culture, a different country, I’ve had to grow up as a person, never mind a footballer.
“You just learn how to deal with the situations that you’re in.
“Obviously I’ve been in immense pressure situations. I’ve had people on the pitch whistling in the stadium to me.
“So yeah, I’ve just learned how to deal with those type of things, to not take it too seriously, take it too much to heart, and yeah, just get on with it.
“It’s football – something that you love doing and you just need to give your best, and sometimes that’s all you can do.”