Gareth Bale has been left on the periphery of the Real Madrid squad because of his inability to take command of the Spanish language, a report in The Mail has claimed.
The Welshman is still the world's most expensive footballer after completing his £86m move to the Bernabeu from Tottenham in 2013.
However, unlike Cristiano Ronaldo, whose record he broke when making the move, Bale has been unable to justify the incredible financial outlay.
Having failed to impress against Juventus in the Champions League and finding himself a scapegoat whenever things in the Spanish capital turn sour, Bale is being linked with a return to the Premier League.
It is not just the heckling fans that are pushing towards the Bernabeu exit door, but the Real Madrid squad itself.
Hostile dressing room
Carlo Ancelotti conducts every team talk in Spanish and Bale has yet to learn to language fluently. With his team-mates also conversing in the local tongue, it has left Bale isolated from social proceedings.
His failure is not through lack of effort. Bale has been taking Spanish lessons since he arrived but has not made significant progress.
A poignant example of his struggles came recently in his last major interview with local media. He spoke to a Spanish radio station for 40-minutes, but was unable to conduct it for the audience.
Every word had to be translated from English, leaving fans disgruntled at an apparent lack of effort.
Bale would not be short of offers if he decided to call time on his Real Madrid career. Manchester United are very interested with Louis van Gaal capable of spending upwards of £100m on bring him to Old Trafford.
Chelsea are also in the running, but Jose Mourinho would not be able to compete with such a figure. He will, however, keep a close eye on proceedings in case the price drops.
But Bale is determined to succeed at Real Madrid and is not willing to leave unless he is more or less forced out of the club.
Fortunes in football can change in an instant and Bale certainly has the potential to be an indispensable player for Real Madrid. If he leaves this summer he will always be seen as a failure.
Should Gareth Bale leave Real Madrid this summer if the criticism continues?
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