Man United’s Ferdinand: There’ll be no hiding place for Bale at Madrid

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand warns Wales star Gareth Bale there will be no hiding place at Real Madrid

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Rio Ferdinand signed a new Man United contract back in May Photo: Football.ua/Wikimedia

Rio Ferdinand has warned Gareth Bale that he must continue his prolific form at Real Madrid.

The Wales international completed his world-record £85.3m move to Los Blancos on deadline day after a summer of relentless speculation linking the midfielder with a move to the Spanish capital.

Ferdinand’s former Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronlado joined Madrid in 2009 and has gone on to score a staggering 148 goals in 137 La Liga appearances in just over four seasons.

And the Red Devils defender is concerned Bale could struggle to match his prolific Portuguese colleague.

“He’s a top footballer but he’s facing pressure now like he’s never had before,” Ferdinand is quoted as saying by Daily Mail.

“There will be a pressure on him to play, even when he’s injured. And he’ll have to score. And sometimes a goal won’t be enough to keep that crowd happy. Winning 2-0 might not be enough. The pressure is going to be something else.”

He added: “But I didn’t have to get goals. ‘Gareth Bale will be expected to score, and he has to do it with Cristiano Ronaldo alongside him, a player who also wants to score those goals.

“Who’s going to take the free-kicks? The corners? The penalties? At Tottenham he got goals from them. Take those away and he loses 9-10 goals from last season.

“If he’s not taking those set-pieces he’s got to get those goals from somewhere else. And if Ronaldo is getting 50 goals a season, and Bale cost more than Ronaldo, how many must Bale get to justify himself?”

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