Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale says his dreams are coming true since leaving Tottenham Hotspur after the Welshman became the first British player since Gary Lineker to score a La Liga hat-trick.
Bale took his Real tally to nine since joining for a world record fee in the summer after netting a treble against Real Valladolid.
The 24 year old's move from Tottenham to Madrid was among the most protracted transfers of the summer but with Bale now flourishing he admits to being settled in the Spanish capital.
"It is always nice to get on the scoresheet - to get a hat-trick, especially at the Bernabeu, was a special moment for me," Bale said.
"I am very happy here. I needed time to adapt after not having a preseason but I am improving now. Everything I hoped for has come true. The fans and the club are incredible."
The ex-Tottenham man has now scored four goals in two games in the absence of the injured Cristiano Ronaldo but Bale has no ambition of eclipsing the Portuguese international, who is among the favourites for the Ballon d'Or.
"I scored three goals but I hope to do better," he added. "I can do it. I want to keep improving and working hard during the matches and training sessions and learn from the best, like Cristiano Ronaldo. He is the best player in the world and he deserves the Ballon d'Or."
"I always enjoy giving assists. I do play on the wing and that is part of my role to assist. It is great to get another one."
In Bale's absence, Tottenham have struggled this season and are ten points behind leaders Arsenal after just 13 league games with the pressure mounting on manager Andre Villas-Boas.
But Bale wants the club hierarchy to give the manager time to turn things around.
"They are going through a little bit of a bad patch but I am sure he is a good enough manager [Villas-Boas] to pull everybody through and get out the other side and go on a bit of a good run, and hopefully catch up the rest and have a good season," he said.