Gareth Bale believes he has been made more of a scapegoat than most at Real Madrid and admits that he has endured a difficult few months at the club.
The Welshman was rumoured to leave the club this summer, with Zinedine Zidane also stating that Los Blancos would be better off without him.
However, a move out of the club failed to materialise, with Real Madrid rejecting a last-minute move from a Chinese club for Bale.
Since then, Bale has been included in all of Real Madrid’s league games and also made the scoresheet with a brace against Villareal last week.
“I understand I was made more of a scapegoat than most – I take it with a pinch of salt even though maybe it’s not all fully fair,” he told Sky Sports.
“Towards the end of last season was difficult, there is no denying that, not just for me but for the team.”
“I wouldn’t say I’m playing happy, but I’m playing. When I’m playing I am professional and I am always giving all I can, whether that be for club or country.”
“I’m sure there’ll be plenty more turbulence, to be honest. I suppose it is something you will have to speak to Real Madrid about and it’s between me and them, and we will have to come to some sort of conclusion.”
“Coming back to pre-season, I just kept my head down and I know there was a lot of talk, with people saying the good, bad, or whatever they wanted,” he said.
“It wasn’t the worst time of my career. It has been not ideal, but I know how to deal with it and it’s about keeping your head down.”
“You get rewarded with the work you put in and I’ve started the season well and did a good pre-season, even if that hasn’t been the case with the number of games.”
“Things in football can turn quickly and it is just a matter of time.”
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