Real Madrid attacker, Gareth Bale, has been the subject of speculation stating he is on his way out of the Santiago Bernabeu following a number of incidents in recent weeks which have affected his teammates, and has seen him get booed by fans of Los Blancos. And now, a former teammate of the Wales international has weighed in with his thoughts on Bale’s situation at the reigning European champions.
Bale has been criticised during his time in the Spanish capital for reportedly refusing to socialise with his team-mates and speculation he has experienced difficulty with the Spanish language. In addition, the 29-year-old was jeered by fans of Real Madrid on Saturday when he was replaced by Marco Asensio in the 61st minute as they suffered their second defeat to arch-rivals Barcelona in just four days at the Santiago Bernabeu.
But when asked about a possible return to north London for Bale, Tottenham Hotspur defender, Ben Davies played down suggestions that Bale could make a return to White Hart Lane from Spain this summer. Davies said: “I don’t know if that’s even possible. When we play with him for the international team he’s a leader. He sets an example on the pitch and he’s a joy to play with.”
The jeers for Bale on Saturday came after he only managed 20 touches against Barcelona as Real suffered a third successive home defeat for the first time since 2004. And speaking exclusively to Sky Sports News, Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett labelled the treatment of Bale by Real fans “a disgrace”. Barnett said: “Gareth deserves the greatest of respect. The way the Real fans have treated Gareth is nothing short of a disgrace. In the six years he has been in Spain, he has won everything. He’s one of the best players in the world. Those fans should be kissing his feet.”
Bale’s difficutlt situation at the club comes despite the Welshman winning four UEFA Champions League winner’s medals and scoring 101 goals in 218 appearances since joining Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur for a then-world record fee of £85 million back in 2013. He also escaped getting banned by the Spanish authorities after he was pictured gesturing towards the direction of fans on the sidelines during the win at Atletico Madrid recently, with his gesture seen as a provocation by La Liga.