Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that Gareth Bale being jeered during Real Madrid’s victory over Getafe on Saturday ‘didn’t bother’ him.
Bale has had a strained relationship with match-going Real fans for some time, many of whom question his commitment to the club. The Welshman has attracted plenty of backlash in the media too, with one particularly fiery column describing him as a ‘parasite’.
Bale came on as a substitute in Real’s most recent fixture, a 2-0 win over Getafe, but was booed by some sections of the Santiago Bernabeu crowd as he took to the field.
The forward was able to laugh off his reception and speaking after the game Ancelotti insisted that the jeers did not concern him either.
“It didn’t bother me that he was whistled at,” he said.
“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’s contract expires at the end of the season and barring a minor miracle, he will be departing Real on a free transfer in the summer. His next move is shrouded in mystery, with Milan and Cardiff City both being linked, while rumours of retirement refuse to go away.
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