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Marcelo reveals the only four Spanish words Bale knows after six years in Madrid

Gareth Bale may well be in his sixth season with Spanish giants Real Madrid but he is yet to fully master the local language, according to team mate Marcelo.

The Wales winger arrived in Spain amid much fanfare in 2013 when he signed from Tottenham for a then world record fee of £89million.

But, despite helping the European giants win four Champions Leagues and one La Liga title during his time at the Bernabeu, he is yet to fully win over the fans in the capital.

And Brazilian left back Marcelo, speaking to Marca about the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus last summer, has revealed that Bale only speaks English in the dressing room, and usually communicates in gestures.

"I had a very good relationship with Cristiano (Ronaldo), his family and his girlfriend," he said.

"I played nine years with him and it’s normal to be sad.

"[I was also sad] with [the departure of] Kiko Casilla, who was sitting next to me [in the dressing room].

"Every day I was saying, ‘How are you Kiko, how are you doing?’ and now I have no one next to me.

"On the other side I have Bale, but Bale does not speak [Spanish] as he only speaks English and we talk with gestures and I say, ‘Hi, hello and good wine.’"

Bale recently scored his 100th goal for Real Madrid in the derby victory over Atletico Madrid at the weekend, and will now turn his attention to the Champions League encounter with Ajax.

The Spanish giants face their Dutch counterparts in the first leg of their round of 16 clash on Wednesday night, and they’ll be hoping Bale can deliver a positive performance.

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