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Gareth Bale doesn't care about what Roy Keane, insists agent

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Gareth Bale isn't interested in what comments Roy Keane made after Real Madrid's 2-1 defeat to Juventus, according to his agent.

The Welsh winger had a torrid game on Tuesday night, only touching the ball 32 times before being substituted by Carlo Ancelotti.

Super agent Jonathan Barnett was referring to Roy Keane's comments made live on television after the Champions League semi-final.

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Keane, speaking to ITV as a pundit, accused Bale of “taking the easy option every time”.

“You can’t win a game with 10 men,” Keane said.

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“Gareth Bale gave Real Madrid nothing tonight.

“You could see a lack of confidence, but he kept making the easy decision. The reason he is at Real Madrid is to be brave, to get at people, but every time he got it tonight – even in one-v-ones – he turned back and, again, his team-mates can’t be happy with him because he took the easy option every time.”

Barnett's response

But Barnett responded with his own jibe, questioning Keane's credentials after the former Manchester United captain failed to impress as a manager.

"Why should we take any notice of irrelevant comments from people who don't know what they are talking about and people who failed in management," said Barnett to BBC Sport. "Gareth only listens to relevant comments.

"He is at the biggest club in the world. He is one of the best players in the world. He is fine."

Criticism from fans

The 25-year-old has been lambasted all season by the Real supporters and even had his car attacked by disgruntled fans.

Bale has to be the only world-class player to get the level of abuse he does. The Welsh international is blamed for almost every mistake made by the team causing many to question his future in Madrid.

Coming home?

Premier League sides Chelsea, Manchester City and United have been linked with a move this summer. Even though the Brit seems to be struggling to settle down in the Spanish capital, Real will still slap a huge price tag on the winger.

The Gareth Bale who signed for Real Madrid two years ago for world record £85 million fee, is worlds away from the confidence lacking timid player we've seen this season. 

Do you think Gareth Bale will stay at Real Madrid this summer? If not, Manchester United fans, would you want him as part of a swap deal for David de Gea?

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