Gareth Bale speaks Spanish all the time with his Los Angeles FC team-mates in news that will no doubt anger Real Madrid fans.
Former Tottenham star Bale was never really flavour of the month in the Spanish capital. He faced constant criticism during his time at Los Blancos for his perceived lack of commitment to the club and his apparent unwillingness to learn the local lingo. His "Wales, Golf, Madrid. In that order," flag didn't go down too well either.
But claims about his lack of interest in speaking Spanish have since been shot down by LAFC team-mate Ilie Sanchez, who says that the Welshman sometimes prefers to talk in the language over English.
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"Gareth speaks to me in Spanish," Sanchez told AS. "I am the only Spaniard, but there is a lot of South American and Central American in the squad. And he just wants to speak Spanish with us. In fact, sometimes we speak to him in English and he answers us in Spanish! He is involved.
"The other day he went through the welcoming rite at the stadium cheering the fans on with the megaphone. We also did it to Chiellini. He looks happy."
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Bale made his LAFC debut in their 2-1 win over Nashville last month and opened his account for the club one week later in a 2-0 win over Sporting Kansas City. He made his third appearance on Saturday as Los Angeles continued their good form with a 2-1 victory against Seattle Sounders 2-1.
Sanchez says Bale has already made a big difference since his move stateside. "It has been a confidence boost. That a footballer of his enormous level has decided to come highlights our project," he added.
"I admit it, when you see that he is now your partner, that makes us push a little harder to compete and to try to win. And everything we have seen and felt with him is pure commitment. He wants to help us win titles."
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