Former Wales boss John Toshack has launched an astonishing attack on Gareth Bale's representative, claiming that he's a d******* who should shut his mouth.
As reported by the Mirror, Toshack, who previously managed the Real Madrid star at international level, has insisted that Bale is a 'top quality player' who can go on to achieve great things at the Bernabeu if he gets his head right.
Bale, of course, has endured a tricky time in Spain's elite division of late, failing to find his best form in a tricky season for the club.
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And, of late, the Welsh wizard has been linked with a stunning move back to England, with Premier League giants Manchester United seemingly interested in landing him sooner rather than later.
Bale should stay in Spain
Toshack, though, clearly wants the Real Madrid man to prove his credentials in the Spanish capital, but wants his representative to take a back-seat.
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“I knew Bale when he was a left wing-back and now he’s playing wide right, in a completely different area," declared 66-year-old Toshack, speaking to El Partido de las 12 on Spanish radio.
"He's a top quality player and maybe he’s suffering in the shadow of other players.
"But if his representative – that d******d – shuts up for a moment, and Bale gets his head right, then he can still achieve big things.
“You don’t have to listen to a word the reps say. "They shouldn't talk about football, they haven’t got a clue about it. Not a clue."
It now remains to be seen as to whether Bale will opt to stay at the Bernabeu this summer or return to English soil. One thing's for sure, as his struggles in Madrid continue, rumours regarding a Premier League return will only continue.
Toshack is right
The former Wales boss is most certainly right: Bale should stay on at the Bernabeu and prove exactly what he has to offer. At the end of the day, the ex-Spurs man is one of the most talented footballers in world football, so shouldn't give up on his Real Madrid career just yet.
Let's be honest, speculation over a return to England was always going to take place as soon as things got difficult for him, but he mustn't give up just yet.
Ok, so this season hasn't gone to plan, but he will learn from it and no doubt return even stronger next term. With or without Carlo Ancelotti at the Bernabeu, Bale can create and score goals for many years to come. He'd be great at Manchester United, but they may have to wait a little while longer to get him just yet.
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