Gareth Bale’s relationship with the Real Madrid supporters is becoming increasingly strained - and this was evident after the club’s 0-0 draw with local rivals Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
The Wales international, who failed to make an impact during the first leg of the quarter-final tie, was called a “b******” by one fan and told to “run more” by another, according to the Mirror, who show footage obtained by El Chiringuito.
Bale is seen driving out of Real Madrid’s Valdebebas training base late in his white Bentley convertible before being shouted at by the waiting supporters. The Wales international doesn’t stop to respond and, instead, drives off into the night.
Bale's work ethic questioned
It’s the latest in an ever-growing list of unsavoury incidents between Bale and the Real Madrid supporters, many of whom do not feel the former Tottenham star works hard enough for the team.
Bale, once a left-back, has disappointed with his defensive efforts - particularly this season - and this has irked the club’s demanding supporters.
Bale lacking confidence
But the world’s most expensive footballer has also, since the turn of the New Year, struggled in front of goal - and was guilty of missing Real Madrid’s best chance against Atletico early in the match.
Bale found himself one-on-one with Atleti goalkeeper Jan Oblak but failed to convert. Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas admitted after the match this was a pivotal moment in the first leg.
"It's difficult to assimilate that in seven games against Atletico we didn't win one,” he told reporters. “If Gareth Bale scores it is a different game to what we saw. But then it was a great save."
Premier League return possible?
Real Madrid have no plans to sell Bale this summer, but that has not prevented speculation linking him with a return to England this summer.
Manchester United and Chelsea are two of the Premier League clubs reportedly keen on Bale, whose relationship with the Real Madrid supporters has taken a turn for the worse over the past six months after having played such an instrumental role in the club’s success during his debut campaign at the Bernabeu.
Quite how Bale feels about the idea of returning to the Premier League is unclear - he seems settled enough in Madrid - but question marks will continue to hang over his future at the club the more these incidents continue to happen.
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