Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale says there’s room for improvement after taking centre-stage in Saturday’s 4-0 victory over Real Valladolid at the Bernebeu in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, who is out with a slight hamstring injury.
The Welshman scored his first hat-trick in the ‘Los Blancos” shirt and also assisted Frenchman Karim Benzema to head in the hosts’ second.
The goals took his tally to nine in 13 appearances since his £85m switch from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer.
“I scored three goals but I hope to do better,” said Bale.
“I want to keep improving and working hard during the matches and training.”
Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has not been cynical about Bale’s tendencies in front of goal and believes he has finally settled into life in the Spanish capital.
“He is a very important player for us,” said Ancelotti.
“I think his period of adaptation is over. He is doing well, he is confident and is very important for us. He did very well.”
It has not been bed of roses for Bale since signing a multi-million pay deal with the La Liga giants. Having had little or no pre-season training before completing the move, he struggled to cement a starting shirt for himself and even had to deal with a thigh injury.
He told Real’s official website: “I’m very happy here. I needed time to adapt after not having a pre-season but I’m improving now.
“Everything I hoped for has come true. The fans and the club are incredible.”