Gareth Bale hasn’t taken too well to losing his place in the Real Madrid team.
The Welshman made his feelings clear when he refused to celebrate his goal against Levante on Sunday.
It’s led to plenty of criticism from the Spanish press. Alfredo Relano, the editor of AS, said Bale displayed a “deplorable attitude”, while Marca’s Amalio Moratalla wrote: “That, for me, is where the beginning of the end truly begins for him.”
Bale is behind Vinicius Jr. and Lucas Vazquez in the pecking order at the Santiago Bernabeu.
And his case hasn’t been helped by his own teammates publicly outing him for being shy and rarely joining the squad for activities away from the pitch.
- Bale refuses to celebrate Levante penalty
- Bale unhappy with Courtois and Marcelo's comments
- Ancelotti: Row over Bale led to Real exit
Thibaut Courtois recently admitted that Real players have taken to calling Bale ‘the golfer’ due to his penchant for spending time on the golf course.
Meanwhile, Marcelo admitted to Marca that he still communicates with the former Tottenham Hotspur star through gestures.
Bale's body language was poor
All of these events appear to have left Bale frustrated and new footage from Sunday’s win over Levante shows just how poor his body language was.
The 29-year-old began yawning on the bench and appeared to react with a smile of disbelief when Federico Valverde was being reading to come on as Real’s first substitute.
His behaviour tells an entire story.
Solari avoided talking about the controversy when he met the media on Tuesday, simply claiming that his team remains united in their task of beating Barcelona in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.
“Our focus - the focus of Gareth and all the players - is on [Wednesday], this is clear,” the Madrid coach said, per Goal.
"We're all united and it's clear to us what we want to do: to go through to the final. We have to enjoy it.
“We've worked hard to get here, the end of February, still in all of the competitions."
The Copa del Rey semi-final is finely poised after Barcelona and Real Madrid drew 1-1 in the first leg on February 6.