The agent of supposed Manchester United and Chelsea target Gareth Bale has revealed that his client is p***** off with the way things are going at the Santiago Bernabeu, although he is eager to rectify the situation.
In stark contrast to his compelling first campaign at the club Bale has cut an incredibly frustrated figure this year, and at times he’s been booed by the fans and regularly harangued by the media.
Following the climax of criticism following his ineffectual display during Los Blancos’ 2-1 Champions League loss to Juventus in the first leg of the semi-finals all eyes have been on him, but his agent has refuted the suggestion that he’s ready to be the fall guy, as The Sun have relayed.
“We’ve been vindicated by these statistics and it’s what we’ve been saying all along. It proves that people don’t know what they’re talking about when they criticise Gareth, they are not looking at it properly," Bales agent, Jonathan Barnett said.
“Real have to work with Gareth and pass the ball to him more. Give him more of the ball and let him show everybody what he’s good at.
“He’s going to be the best player at Real Madrid when his team-mates work with him and help him. Hopefully Real will come to terms with this.
“I’m very upset that professional pundits don’t realise these facts.
“Instead of criticising, they should look at it more closely because it’s plain to see when you watch the games.
“Most people would have been broken by this but he is determined. He could have screamed and shouted or knocked on the manager’s office door but he doesn’t want to upset anyone.
“I spoke to him on Thursday and while he’s obviously p***** off things aren’t going well he is desperate to get out there again.”
As a result of the constant suggestions that he’s unhappy in Madrid Bale has repeatedly been linked with a return to the Premier League.
Naturally given the sums of money being bandied about Tottenham Hotspur aren’t going to be getting him back anytime soon, but United and Chelsea - both of whom command great financial resources - are said to be in the running.
Given that it’s been claimed Florentino Perez will hold out for at least £80 million it’s extremely unlikely Bale will be going anywhere, and with United having just signed Memphis Depay their need for another attacking midfielder is highly questionable.
Meanwhile Chelsea could turn themselves into a serious European force if they landed someone with Bale’s attacking vigour, but the Financial Fair Play rules would negate any possible agreement unless Jose Mourinho is prepared to get rid of a few players currently in his title-winning team.
If you hadn’t guessed already, we think Bale is going to stay at Madrid for some time yet.
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