Gareth Bale admitted he was “absolutely gutted” after Real Madrid failed to beat Valencia at Mestalla on Sunday night - but took the time to wish Gary Neville all the best for the rest of the season.
The Wales international appeared to have won his side all three points with a fine header on the 82nd minute, but Los Che secured a precious point after Paco Alcacer equalised a minute later.
The result was undoubtedly the best of Neville’s tenure at Valencia so far - the former Manchester United captain is still seeking his maiden victory as the Spanish club’s head coach - and he was wished good luck for the rest of the campaign by the world’s most expensive footballer on Twitter.
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“Absolutely gutted not to get the three points!” Bale tweeted.
“And good to see @GNev2 again,” he added, “good luck with the rest of your season.”
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Neville pleased with performance, disappointed with result
After the match, Neville admitted he was pleased with the performance but disappointed with the final result. Alvaro Negredo had a wonderful opportunity to win the match for Valencia in the final minute of stoppage time but fluffed his lines.
"It was the best performance we have had and it still doesn't feel like enough," Neville was quoted as saying in his post-match press conference by Spanish newspaper AS. "What I am more interested in is playing like that all the time. We need to turn those performances into results starting with Granada on Wednesday (in the Copa del Rey)."
Neville wants future in management - despite comments
Neville raised a few eyebrows on Saturday after telling Sky Sports that he didn’t see himself involved in football management in the long-term.
However, he clarified his comments after the match - per BBC Sport - insisting: "I was talking about 15 to 20 years' time when I talked about [quitting] management.
"I absolutely hope I'm here beyond six months but I need to prove myself."
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