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Gareth Bale can prove his worth if he stays with Real Madrid

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Gareth Bale should stay in La Liga and continue playing for Real Madrid, despite the discontent and frustration being vented at him by the fans of the club.

On his official Twitter account Bale tweeted yesterday: "Will be working hard in the off season and looking forward to coming back next season stronger with Real Madrid."

The best option

Amongst several recent rumours linking the Welsh man with a move back to the Premier League it would seem that applying himself to his role at the Bernabeu is the best option. Manchester United lead the way in terms of the rumour mill and he certainly would be a fantastic addition to Louis van Gaal's squad.

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Bale was devastating in his final season for Tottenham before his move to Real Madrid in 201, scoring 21 goals in the Premier League and being named the PFA Players' Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year.

Record breaker

Purchased for £85.3 million, Bale is the world's most expensive player and was excellent for Real in his debut season, helping the team to Champions League and the Copa del Ray successes. Bale contributed 24 goals in that season which, along with the goals of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, made Real Madrid one of the fiercest offensive teams in European football.

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However, with the season in the past there has been a growing unrest amongst the Real faithful and the Spanish press with regards to the Welshman's performances. Bale was infamously jeered at by fans during a match against Espanyol this season, which Madrid won 3-0, for not passing to Ronaldo.

On that occasion Ronaldo came out in defence of Bale, insisting that he was a key player for the team. This backing will be helpful to him considering the ruthlessness of the Spanish media, who have criticised Bale on a number of occasions this season for a lack of work ethic and inability to score enough goals.

Potential issues

To be frank, Bale is one of world football's greatest players and it would seem that the price tag arguably has disrupted his time at Real. The amount of pressure that the Welshman is under is due to the media expectations that come with the tag of being the world's most expensive player, but he must focus on his own ability in order to come through this difficult period and learn to block out the criticism.

Welsh manager Chris Coleman has recently backed Bale to come through this ordeal. In his press conference, during which he named Bale in his 23 man squad for the match against Belgium in June, Coleman remarked of the situation that: "The Real Madrid president Florentino Perez thinks a lot of Gareth. I don't think he wants to leave. It's arguably the biggest club on the planet."

Changes occurring

With the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti as head coach of Real it would appear that Rafael Benitez is the next man in line to take on the role. This could be a positive move for Bale as Benitez has coached in the Premier League with Liverpool and Chelsea, where he boasted very good records.

Benitez knows the style of play of Bale and is thought to be ready to make the ex-Spurs star his main man. If Benitez can get the best out of Bale without detracting at all from the performances of Cristiano Ronaldo, then Real will no doubt be challenging Barcelona for the La Liga title, whilst also being serious contenders for their eleventh Champions League trophy.

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