It’s no secret that Real Madrid made serious attempts to part-ways with Gareth Bale last summer, and have reportedly placed the Welshman at the top of their list of players to sell this off-season too.
Bale has been a regular feature in the Spanish press, accused of a poor attitude with regards to not learning the language since arriving in Madrid in 2013. But his agent, Jonathan Barnett, had a typically emphatic response on TalkSPORT:
“Nothing bad has ever come out from Real Madrid about Gareth Bale. Zidane has never said anything bad about Gareth Bale. But the press keep going on and on. So called experts come on to television and say, ‘the biggest problem with Gareth Bale is that he doesn’t speak Spanish and it’s a disgrace’. Those people have never met him, never asked anybody, and so I have no idea where they get this opinion. Gareth Bale speaks perfect Spanish. These so called experts make complete idiots of themselves. I also blame the TV companies for bringing these so-called experts on. How can an expert about Gareth Bale speak about Gareth Bale when they have never met him? It’s a joke.”
And Barnett added by refuting claims about a poor relationship between Bale and Zinedine Zidane:
“The relationship with Real Madrid has always been good — I have the most fantastic relationship with the president, the chief executive, and with Mr. Zidane. We have obviously said words to each other, but everyone has arguments. It has never been personal and it has never been bad. We are professional and we are all on good speaking terms.”
If this latest outburst from Barnett indicates anything, it appears Los Blancos might face further issues offloading Bale this summer.