Jermaine Jenas hits out at Thibaut Courtois for criticising Gareth Bale

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It looks increasingly likely that Gareth Bale's time at Real Madrid is coming to an end. 

There can be no denying that the Welshman has been hugely successful during his time at the Bernabeu. 

Not only has he scored 77 league goals in 147 appearances, he played a pivotal role in their four recent Champions League titles. 

For that reason, it's a pity that he is being defined, in the eyes of some, for his failure to replace Cristiano Ronaldo following the Portuguese's departure for Juventus. 

Scoring 50+ goals a season was going to be impossible for any forward, especially one who has struggled so much with injuries through no real fault of his own. 

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Nevertheless, many Real fans have lost their patience and Bale left the pitch to a crescendo of boos with half an hour still to play of Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Barcelona.

Sympathy has been in short supply from his team-mates too, with Thibaut Courtois appearing to suggest that the 29-year-old was an outsider. 

The goalkeeper joked that Bale was known as "the golfer" by his team-mates, because he preferred to be out on the golf course than attending team meals. 

It's true that he skipped Sergio Ramos' team-building dinner in January, but the same could be said of Toni Kroos. Bale was not the only first-team player who wasn't in attendance. 

Jenas: Courtois 'bang out of order'

If he is unpopular in the Spanish capital, he can at least take solace from his former Tottenham allies coming to his aid. 

Speaking to Goal, Jermaine Jenas has criticised Courtois for his comments and insists Bale's commitment to spending time with his family is not something to be sneered at. 

"I thought Courtois was bang out of order to say what he said about Gaz in public," Jenas said.

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"I got on really well with him and one of the things I loved about him was that he was his own man. If we were going out as a squad, he would often opt out and stay at home with his family, but I never had a problem with that.

"He went back home to spend time with his family in Cardiff all the time and that's him. Is there anything wrong with that? That's Gaz.

"He has a young family, he likes to spend time with them, so why should he go out partying with the lads every few minutes?

"If I ever had a problem with a team-mate, I went to them directly and told them to their face, but to go to the media and try to belittle a team-mate and say he doesn't like going out was not necessary.

"Why would Courtois do that? I remember speaking to Gaz at Spurs if we had a Christmas party and he would often say he would leave it. No problem, no pressure. Maybe he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family, but when did that become a crime?"

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