Gareth Bale slammed for “making fun” of Real Madrid after Wales appearance

Gareth Bale hasn’t played for Real Madrid since August after picking up a hamstring injury and made his comeback in Wales’ 5-1 victory against Belarus on Saturday

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Euro 2020: Bale laughs off speculation over Wales future

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has been slammed by the Spanish press after making his 100th senior international appearance for Wales on Saturday.

The winger played 45 minutes of his country’s 5-1 World Cup qualifying win against Belarus, despite not featuring for his club since August.

Bale’s last appearance for Real was their 1-0 La Liga victory against Real Betis on August 28 after suffering a hamstring tear.

He agreed to play for Wales against Belarus and in Tuesday’s all-important fixture against Belgium to test his fitness ahead of his club comeback.

Speaking after the Saturday’s win, Bale revealed: “It was always the plan to play 45 [minutes]. I have been out for two months. The plan was to come off and try and get ready for Tuesday.

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Gareth Bale won his 100th international cap on Saturday, despite not playing for Real Madrid since August


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“There is no injury. As much as I would have loved to have come off to an ovation, it would have been a bit greedy. The team is the most important thing.

“I am just happy to be back. It was a hard road to be back from injury but it was worth it. Now we will look forward to Tuesday.”

Speaking before the international break, Bale’s club manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed: “He’s going to go to Wales and they will assess whether he’s fit or not.

“It’ll be down to how the player trains there. Bale is fine and it’s clear it’s very important he feels right training after two months out and whether he’s feeling confident.

“It’s not his best period here but the fans will not forget what he’s done… If he is right when he comes back from international duty and he deserves to play, he will play.”

Despite this, the Spanish press believe Bale’s international appearance shows a lack of respect to his employers.

The former Tottenham star earns a reported £600,000-a-week salary at Real and is believed to have taken home more than £6million since his last game.

Bale also antagonised the club in 2019 when he and his Wales team-mates famously held up a flag that read: “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.”

The player’s existing Real deal expires in June and it’s extremely likely he will leave the club – with rumours suggesting he may even retire.

As quoted by AS, journalist Antonio Romero said: “His attitude is unpresentable to be the highest paid in Real Madrid. Madrid on June 30 takes a load off their shoulders.

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I think he is a bad example in the dressing room… It is unfortunate that today he is a starter with the National Team after more than two months without playing in Madrid. He is making fun of the shield he defends.

Reporter Miguel Martin Talavera added: “I think that if a player is injured and is out with his team, UEFA should change something there.

“The biggest misfortune is that he has been injured again.”

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