The star at Real Madrid right now is not Benzema or Ramos or Hazard – it is Gareth Bale on the bench.
His antics have gone viral and his feud with the club seems to go on forever. Berbatov, while providing sympathy for Bale’s misfortune has not condoned such extreme behavior.
“Gareth Bale is in the headlines again for pretending to sleep in the stands when he found out he was going to be an unused substitute against Granada,” Berbatov wrote in his column for Betfair.
“When I saw it, I couldn’t believe it. I watched him put his mask over his eyes and pretend to be asleep. I cannot support that. It is unprofessional and disrespectful to Real Madrid.
“I love watching Bale play and I can feel his pain at not playing because I have been in the same situation. But that kind of reaction is going too far.
“Madrid need to find a solution to the Bale saga. It’s not good for Bale or the team and it is bad publicity. I do feel his pain, I have been in his shoes of not playing and nobody is probably giving him any answers, then you are provoked to do those kinds of things, but I cannot support what he did.
“The only solution is for Bale to leave Real Madrid. If I was a Real Madrid fan and saw a player disrespecting the team like that, it would be too much.
“Bale should be asking for a solution, even if it is a loan move. It was a show of power, it was if he was saying: ‘Play me or I’ll do whatever I want.’ That doesn’t sit right with me.”
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