The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

Joe Led­ley has re­vealed that Gareth Bale’s new mega-money Real Madrid con­tract does not pro­tect him from be­ing the butt of jokes among his Wales team-mates.

Bale earned the nick­name “Tarzan” af­ter his long hair fell loose dur­ing last month’s qual­i­fier against Ge­or­gia and the Welsh squad are en­joy­ing “ham­mer­ing” him for it, said Led­ley.

The Crys­tal Palace mid­fielder said Bale gives as good as he gets and is un­changed by the mil­lions com­ing his way at the Bern­abeu - in­sist­ing the 27-year-old is wor­thy ev­ery penny of his £346,000 (Sh43.6m)per-week deal. “He’s just one of the boys, we don’t care who he is, we will still ham­mer him and he will ham­mer us,” said Led­ley. “If you ask him, he loves meet­ing up with Wales.”

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