Carlo Ancelotti says he is ‘not bothered’ by the Real Madrid fans booing Gareth Bale on his return to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Bale joined the Spanish giants for £90m in 2013 after a terrific spell with Tottenham Hotspur.
He has won four Champions Leagues and two La Liga titles, scoring 106 goals in 258 appearances across all competitions for Los Blancos.
Despite his success at the Santiago Bernabeu, Bale has never managed to endear himself to the Real Madrid fanbase.
Last month, Spanish newspaper Marca were very critical of the Welshman, describing him as a ‘parasite’ over their perception that he is robbing the club by running down his contract.
Bale has struggled with injuries in recent seasons and has missed numerous games this term. He has made seven appearances for Madrid in 2021/22.
Gareth Bale laughed off the jeers from the home fans yesterday
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Match-going Real fans have always had a difficult relationship with Bale, doubting the winger’s commitment to the club.
The 32-year-old made his first appearance at the Santiago Bernabeu this season, coming off the bench in the 74th minute of Madrid’s 2-0 win over Getafe on Saturday.
He was met with boos and whistles by some of the home crowd, with Ancelotti laughing off his reception, insisting that he – like Bale – was not concerned.
“It didn’t bother me that he was whistled at,” Ancelotti said (via 90min) after Bale’s first home appearance in 654 days.
“He’s training well and he wants to work hard and help the team. That’s the most important thing. We need everyone and it’s very important for the fans and the players to be united.”
Bale is out of contract at the end of the season and is widely expected to leave on a free transfer.
Meanwhile, Alphonso Davies hinted that Cristiano Ronaldo should be Man Utd captain after mocking the club’s decision to appoint Harry Maguire as skipper.
“Can you guys imagine [that] you’re Ronaldo, right?” Davies said on his Twitch channel. “One of the greatest players ever, in the 21st century.
“Harry Maguire is your captain. You refer to him as captain – I don’t know what he says to him.”
The Bayern Munich left-back added: “I’m not dissing Harry Maguire, but Ronaldo should get the armband, man.”
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