Carlo Ancelotti says Gareth Bale is happy at Real Madrid

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Carlo Ancelotti has denied allegations that Gareth Bale is being isolated by his Real Madrid team-mates both on and off the field and insists the Welshman is happy to stay at the Bernabeu.

Bale has had to bear the brunt of heavy criticism from both Real Madrid fans and the local media in recent weeks as a result of several below par performances.

The recent game against Juventus in the Champions League semi-final was a particularly poor evening for Bale, leading to suggestions that all is not well in the Spanish capital for the world's most expensive player.

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His agent did not help to calm the storm after going on a media frenzy this week, first criticising Roy Keane for his comment on Bale during ITV's coverage of the Juventus game and then suggesting that Real Madrid players are deliberately refusing to pass to him.

Ancelotti suggested that Bale's agent has already done too much talking and insists he has no reason to believe that the 25-year-old is unhappy.

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Setting the record straight

Ahead of Wednesday's semi-final second leg against Juve, Ancelotti told reporters: "I spoke with him (Bale) a lot of times. He is really happy to stay here.

"I don't understand what his agent said. It could be better to not speak. But we are used to it, in this world (where) a lot of people speak and sometimes, speak too much.

"Bale has no problem with his colleagues. His colleagues have no problem with him. They like Gareth Bale and he likes his colleagues. There is one word too many perhaps from outside."

Manchester United interest

Whether Bale is unhappy or not, it may not stop Manchester United from launching a world record bid to sign him this summer. Louis van Gaal has been told he has the funds to sign his main targets and still have money to move for the Welsh winger if he becomes available.

There have been plenty of suggestions that Florentino Perez would jump at the chance to make a profit on Bale, but the player himself seems ready to stay and fight to make his dream move a success.

It could take as much as £100m to tempt Real Madrid to sell.


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