Having come up against him in El Clasico, Cesc Fabregas thinks Gareth Bale is yet to hit his stride for Real Madrid.
Fabregas empathises with the change of football culture that Bale has had to adapt to, and thinks it may yet take a little while longer for the former Spurs star to fully acclimatise.
But such is Bale’s natural talent and ability that Fabregas thinks it is only a matter of time until his rival from Real Madrid leaves his mark on Spanish football.
"It's up to him. He's got a lot of pressure. One hundred million euros is massive, but I think great players are great players. He will overcome this, I'm sure he will,” Fabregas told the British media, when asked how long he thinks it will take Bale to succeed at the Bernabeu.
"I haven't spoken to him so I don't know how he feels. You need to adapt when you come to this kind of league.
"It is completely different to the Premier League. You don't get many spaces when you get the ball.
"Tactically this league is much better than the English one, so he needs time."
Cesc must have been happy that Bale was slightly off his stride in El Clasico at the weekend.
Barca’s win was a massive result in the context of the defence of their league title, and Fabregas admits he and his team-mates were relieved to pocket the three points.
"Mentally, it's a huge step for us. It was very important for our mental strength to win the match and for our confidence,” he said.
"We just wanted to win. It doesn't matter if we win, lose or draw, the league is very long anyway. We knew it was not going to make a difference but for our mental confidence it was very important."