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Clement: The club never had any doubts about Bale

by Tom Conn | Posted on Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Real Madrid assistant manager, Paul Clement praised Welsh winger, Gareth Bale after the 24-year-old’s incredible run past Marc Bartra and scored the winning goal in their Copa del Rey final against arch-rivals Barcelona on Wednesday evening and the English coach feels Los Blancos have the two best athletes in the world; Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Clement Bale

Following the incredible Copa del Rey win, Clement spoke to The Guardian’s Sid Lowe and praised Bale’s incredible goal.

“It was an incredible goal. He was at least two to three metres off the field in front of the Barça dugout and from that point on you never think it’s going to end up with him putting the ball in the back of the net. It’s just an amazing goal and it shows what an incredible athlete he is. He has great technical ability but that shows what power and pace he has got. To produce that kind of run so late in the game, 84 minutes, is incredible.”

“That’s only his second final so that was a big game for him tonight. But he has great temperament. He keeps cool in the big games, he doesn’t show nerves. Internally, we never had any doubts. The club never had any doubts. They paid a big price for him of course but that’s because he’s such a good player. He has shown that in many games this year and to show that on a big night like this, is good for him. We’re very pleased for him.”

Clement went on to add that between Cristiano and Bale, they have “probably two of the best athletes in world football.”

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