Bale said: “It’s great to be playing with Ryan. I always felt he was my favourite player when I was a youngster.
“I watched him on TV and I remember when he scored that goal in the FA Cup against Arsenal. Things like that and the way he runs at defenders were favourite moments.
“Now to be playing with him, I can’t ask for much more really. I don’t think I’ll be asking to take the free-kicks off him – he is Ryan Giggs!”