Real Madrid News: Bale ‘Not Playing Happy’

Welshman Talks About His Current Situation

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Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale admits he isn’t “playing happy” for the La Liga club and says he will have to come to some sort of agreement with the club.

Wales international Bale looked set to move to Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning this summer in a deal that would have earned him £1 million a week. But Madrid torpedoed the deal and he remains at the Bernabeu even though he is unhappy with his current situation.

The 30-year-old came in for criticism from a number of Madrid fans during a disappointing season following the departure last summer of Cristiano Ronaldo.

“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,” Bale 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 am 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.”

Bale’s continued presence at Real Madrid is largely due to injuries elsewhere in the squad but he has scored twice in his first three La Liga games this campaign.

“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.”