Gareth Bale criticised by Barcelona legend

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Gareth Bale has been heavily criticised for his conduct this summer by Barcelona legend Hristo Stoichkov.

The former Bulgaria striker believes Bale has acted poorly in trying to secure a move away from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid by refusing to turn up for training.

Not only did he criticise Bale, Stoichkov questioned whether the Welshman was even worth the potentially world-record fee that Real Madrid are reportedly ready to pay for him.

Bale has refused to turn up to training this week after Spurs delayed the confirmation of his move, with reports claiming he was “furious and frustrated” at the move not being finalised.

"Bale has shown a lack of respect toward his Tottenham team-mates by not showing up for training," he said.

Stoichkov played for Barcelona for seven years in two separate spells and was famous for his powerful left foot and excellent goalscoring record, as part of the Johan Cruyff 'Dream Team' that won four straight La Liga titles and a European Cup.

Always a favourite of Camp Nou fans, Stoichkov questioned the pedigree of players switching from the Premier League to La Liga and suggested Real Madrid were taking a risk is paying close to Cristiano Ronaldo’s world record price tag for Bale.

"If Bale is worth €100m, I would have been priceless," he continued.

"No Englishman [sic] who came to Spanish football has ever succeeded."

Steve McMananman and Gary Lineker may disagree with Stoichkov’s claims, after pointing out that Gareth Bale is actually from Wales and not England.

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