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Saturday 20 July 2019

Jeering Real fans a disgrace - Bale's agent

Bale’s time in Spain appears increasingly soured, with the fans and media dramatically turning against the 29-year-old this season. Photo: REUTERS
Bale’s time in Spain appears increasingly soured, with the fans and media dramatically turning against the 29-year-old this season. Photo: REUTERS

Sam Dean

Gareth Bale's agent has said the treatment the Wales forward receives from Real Madrid fans is "nothing short of a disgrace" after he was jeered during Saturday's loss to Barcelona.

Bale's time in Spain appears increasingly soured, with the fans and media dramatically turning against the 29-year-old this season.

He was jeered when substituted in the 61st minute of the 1-0 defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu, with a local radio station then claiming that Bale had left the stadium before the end of the match.

Jonathan Barnett, Bale's agent, said the Madrid fans should be "kissing Bale's feet" for helping the club to win four Champions League titles since joining from Tottenham in 2013.

"This generation of Real fans will be talking about Gareth's goals for years to come," Barnett told Sky Sports.

"Frankly, they should be ashamed of themselves. Gareth deserves the greatest of respect.

"The way the Real fans have treated Gareth is nothing short of a disgrace."

"In the six years he has been in Spain, he has won everything. He is one of the best players in the world. Those fans should be kissing his feet."

Bale was last month described in one Spanish newspaper as having a "deplorable attitude".

It was also written that Vinicius Junior, the 18-year-old Brazilian winger, has "stolen Bale's thunder" this season - the first since Cristiano Ronaldo left for Juventus.

Bale's future at Real remains a constant source of speculation in the Spanish press, despite his contract not expiring until 2022.

"Despite what the Spanish press are reporting, he is happy, he speaks reasonable Spanish and there is no problem between him and the rest of the Real players," said Barnett.

"There has not been a single discussion about Gareth leaving Madrid. He wants to stay at Real and they want him."

Bale has scored 101 goals in 218 appearances for Real, including two in their Champions League final victory over Liverpool in May. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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