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Cristiano Ronaldo angry at Bale arrival, says Hunter

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Real Madrid fans packed out the Santiago Bernabeu as they eagerly anticipated the official presentation of world-record signing Gareth Bale - but not everyone at the club is happy.

talkSPORT's Spanish football expert Graham Hunter claims Cristiano Ronaldo is "miffed" with the arrival of Bale and doesn't expect him to welcome the Welshman with open arms.

"The decision by Real Madrid to buy Bale, and to buy him in this manner, is the thing that Ronaldo is miffed about," he said.

"Ronaldo is a proper professional and he will treat Bale adequately and professionally, but he might not welcome him with open arms."

As well as being angry with Real's pursuit of Bale, Ronaldo is "very unhappy" with the La Liga giants' decision to sell Mesut Ozil to Arsenal.

Speaking to Spanish sports daily Diario AS, Ronaldo said: "The sale of Ozil is bad news for me. He is the player who knows best my movements in front of goal. I am very unhappy about the sale."

Ozil provided 27 assists for Ronaldo at Real Madrid - the most in his career. The next best are Karim Benzema (17) and Ryan Giggs (16).

With that in mind, it's easy to see why the Portgual international is unhappy with Ozil's switch to Arsenal - a claim Hunter reinforces.

He added: "Ronaldo doesn't feel this is the way that the club should have proceeded."

Reports suggest Ronaldo is on the verge of agreeing a new long-term contract with the Bernabeu outfit, but Bale's arrival has cast doubts over such claims.

Ronaldo is said to be leading a player backlash at Madrid, giving recently-appointed boss Carlo Ancelotti a difficult and uneasy start to life in the Spanish capital.

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