Amid growing speculation of a return to the Premier League, Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has come clean on some of the things he doesn't like about playing in the Spanish capital.
Unfortunately for the likes of Manchester United those things are limited to more minor complaints, Spanish spiders and being embarrassed by his Galactico team-mates in training.
In fact, Bale seems to be loving life in La Liga, according to an interview in this month's Four Four Two cited by The Telegraph.
“The one thing you don’t want is to be on the end of is a nutmeg,” said Bale; “Whenever someone get’s nutmegged, we’re all jumping and joking around. If you get ‘megged, or you go 20 passes without touching the ball, you stay in for an extra go. They’ll do anything to keep you in the middle.”
Although, that seems to be the extent of Bale’s bad feeling towards Madrid, where he says he's found a British section in a local supermarket that even "does baked beans.”
On-field issues persist
The Welsh winger has been struggling on the pitch of late though, without a goal in seven games. That goal drought wmay have a direct link to Bale being booed by his own fans when Madrid hosted Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu last month.
Before that match with David Moyes’ side, Bale averaged a shot on goal every 22 minutes. He now only pulls the trigger once every 45 minutes and its difficult not to see a correlation between the two.
Although the world’s most expensive player claims the booing didn’t pressure him into change, speaking after Madrid’s Champions League win over Schalke last week the ex-Spurs star said: “I haven’t really adapted my style of play. In certain games, if a sight of goal has opened up I’ll take it. But tonight I think my teammates were in better positions and I tried to play the ball around.”
Bale has been strongly linked to United in particular, though he's always been quick to dismiss any rumours of his departure.