Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale would be able to handle the pressure if he completed a move to Real Madrid, according to Wales coach John Hartson.
The former Arsenal, West Ham and Wimbledon man, who now works closely with Bale at national level, said the Spurs player is capable of coping with he burden of expectation at the Santiago Bernabeu.
According to Harston, Bale has a strong family unit meaning he has remained down to earth throughout his career and would be able to handle life as a Real Madrid footballer.
Some of the more unwanted distractions in life as a Los Blancos player include constant media attention and half truths about private lives being printed in the papers – particularly by a well known Madrid-based daily.
Speaking about a possible world-record transfer, Hartson said: “He’s very level headed, his feet are firmly on the ground. I get to see him close up, obviously, working with him with the Welsh national team.
“He comes along to the squad and he works like all the other players, he gets his head down. He’s got a great family. He doesn’t come with a big entourage.”