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Contrary to early critics, El Loco feels that Gareth Bale has been doing well at Real Madrid despite having to to challenge Cristiano Ronaldo for the spotlight.

HOLA!

Some call him Typhoon Bale. And now, some may also call him Hurricane Bale.

Whatever he is called, Welsh wizard Gareth Bale is beginning to create waves with Real Madrid since joining the Spanish giants from Tottenham in the summer.

Earlier, there were doubts whether the 24-year-old winger could make an impact as a Galactico or that it would take some time for him to settle down.

The Cardiff-born Bale ignores the critics and is focused on how to contribute more for Real.

After all, according to the English press, the Spanish giants forked out a massive £80million (MYR422m) just to get him and he has to prove his worth.

He is now showing his class and more Real fans are adoring Bale just like Lionel Messi.

Bale was the toast for Real in their 4-1 win over Galatasaray in the Champions League on Wednesday, where he even ended up playing as number 9 in the second half.

Without the injured superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, and with Karim Benzema on the bench, Bale was left carrying the team up front.

And he ended up demonstrating why Real wanted him. He did a reasonably good job and made a decisive contribution with a stunning freekick from 35 yards.

Bale produced that piece of magic to smash the ball over the wall which then dip viciously under the bar in the 35th minute.

This surely impressed Ronaldo, who has always been Real's freekick king. Deep down the Portuguese must thinking he has a competitor now, though.

Bale also showed he is well and truly over his muscular problems and that with his recent fine tuning, is starting to hit the right notes.

His improved form can be seen in the last six games where he scored five goals and provided several assists.

Bale is starting to click with the rest of the team, and already has two goals in the Champions League - opening his European account against Juventus in Turin and the second against Galatasaray.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti must be happy with Bale's progress - he knows Real attacking aspect is even deadlier now.

Ronaldo also believes this is finally the season where Real can win the double - the Primera Liga title and Champions League.

Real are desperate to win that elusive 10th European title. It is still early but they are capable of achieving the 'double' if the power-packed Bale keeps on producing.

However, there some bad news for Real and their supporters, though.

A report by English newspaper the Daily Star suggested that Manchester United’s midfield search will take them to Real's Angel di Maria and Atletico Madrid star Koke.

The English champions have been consistently linked with midfield targets in the Primera Liga since David Moyes replaced Alex Ferguson as manager in the summer.

It is said that United will make January bids of £17million (MYR90m) for Di Maria and £16million (MYR85m) for Koke, with the latter enough to trigger the player’s release clause.

Well, Real can't afford to lose their 'Angel of Death' as the Argentina international attacker is still a key figure in Ancelotti's set-up.

Barcelona are also under pressure as Gerard Deulofeu's agent, Gines Carvajal has urged the Catalans to begin talks to resolve the future of one of Spanish football's most promising young players.

Deulofeu joined English club Everton on loan this season. Toffees manager Roberto Martinez has already said he would like to keep him next season as his playing style fits perfectly with his team.

Barca plan to take Deulofeu back to Spain. Following his stint in England, the Catalans believe he could become an important future player for the club.

The Spanish under-21 international's potential has not gone unnoticed by other Premier League clubs.

Arsenal have already expressed their interest in taking Deulofeu to the Emirates.

Now Carvajal wants Barca to inform his client where he will be playing next season by January 30.

Barca can't afford to lose the highly-talented Deulofeu who is very much in their long term plans. Don't lose him.

Adios!

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