Gareth Bale has admitted that he feels a lot more comfortable with Wales than he does with Real Madrid.
The Welsh winger has been on the hinges of an exit from the club for almost one year now. He has been unable to engineer one and it is clear he is frustrated at the club.
“I definitely have more excitement playing for Wales,” Bale said. “I’ve been with most of the older players since we were in the under-17s. It’s like playing with your mates down the park on a Sunday. With Wales, I’m speaking my own language and feel more comfortable. But it doesn’t change what I do on the pitch. I always give 100% on the pitch wherever I am; that’s what I always strive to do.”
Bale, asked about how he is portrayed by the Spanish media, replied: “I find it hilarious to be honest, especially some of the pictures and stuff my friends send me. On one [front page headline] it said ‘triple bogey’ – and I’ve never had a triple bogey! At least give me an albatross! It’s funny. People don’t understand and don’t know what they’re on about. So I just find it quite funny.
“I’ve tried to get back [to fitness] as quick as I can. If there had been a Real Madrid game this week I would’ve been fit and training to play. Maybe to them [the Spanish media] it doesn’t look great but it’s just a kind of coincidence that the national team comes around this week and I’ve returned to full training. If I’m fit, no matter where I am, I’m going to try to play, whether it be for Wales or Real Madrid. For me it was a no-brainer: if I’m fit to play then I’ll give it my all.”
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