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Bale: Real Madrid ace has repaid transfer fee, says Coleman

Wales manager Chris Coleman believes Real's Gareth Bale has already fully justified the Bernabéu outfit's 101-million-euro outlay on him.

Gareth Bale, junto con el seleccionador de Gales, Chris Coleman.
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Wales star Gareth Bale has already given Real Madrid full value for money on the 101-million-euro price they bought him for, says his international boss.

Bale, who played a key role for the Welsh in their stunning run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 this summer, joined Real from Tottenham Hotspur in September 2013 in what was then a world-record deal.

Real twice continental champs with Bale

The 27-year-old has helped Real to two European Cup triumphs since moving to the Bernabéu, and Chris Coleman reckons that alone justifies his price tag.

Bale celebrates Real Madrid's Champions League final win over Atlético Madrid last season - Los Blancos' second European title since he joined.

"I think if you rewind before he goes to Real Madrid and say he's going to win two Champions Leagues in three years, he's already paid the fee back that they paid," said Coleman.

Brought up half century in LaLiga on Sunday

Bale grabbed his 50th LaLiga goal for Los Blancos in their weekend draw with Eibar, taking his overall tally to 61 in 131 appearances for the Spanish capital club.

Bale celebrates after netting his 50th league goal for Real on Sunday.

He is currently on Wales duty as Coleman's men continue their bid to reach World Cup 2018 with clashes against Austria (Thursday) and Georgia (Sunday), having beaten Moldova in their opening Group D qualifier.