Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has told Gareth Bale to 'sort himself out' in order to revive his struggling spell at Real Madrid.
The Welshman's form has been on a downward spiral since arriving at the Bernabeu for a record-breaking transfer fee of £86 million in 2013.
He has been strongly linked with a move away, with Manchester United leading the crop of interested parties, but Redknapp, who managed Bale at Spurs between 2008 and 2012, thinks he can salvage his Bernabeu career.
"He needs to work hard and learn the language," Redknapp told AS. "He's got to dive in head first. It's no good for him to be going over whether it would be better if he came back home.
"He's at one of the greatest clubs in the world, if not the greatest. This is a man's world and he's got to sort himself out."
Bale - Real Madrid scapegoat?
The fans have turned on him, his teammates have become frustrated with him and his agent has only stirred the pot by claiming Bale does not see enough of the ball.
Barcelona's capture of the league yesterday confirmed Real's disappointing campaign, and Bale has become a scapegoat for his side's shortcomings used by the fans and media alike.
Redknapp: Bale needs to see more of the ball
His relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo has also become visibly strained, as Ronaldo has displayed signs of immense irritation with his Welsh teammate on several occasions.
"When he left to join Madrid, I did worry that he would be in Cristiano's shadow," Redknapp added. "He has never received this amount of attention and maybe that's affected him a little.
"For me, he's like Cristiano. You've got to give him the ball; once he gets it, he'll gain a yard, then two and put himself in a position where he can shoot with the kind of power that no one has.
"He did well last season; playing in the role he was given. This year, I see he's getting criticised. He's got to get over it, be strong and believe that he can turn this situation around."