Gareth Bale has endured a hard time of late at Real Madrid and he has since opened up on his fractious relationship with the club’s supporters.
Bale has continued to play a bit-part role under Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, and the Wales winger has been heavily linked with a move away for some time now.
The winger has picked up criticism in recent times for his love of playing golf as he continues to struggle on the pitch, and the fans in particular have not always given him an easy ride.+3
Spanish paper Marca ran with the headline ‘Bale is not made of stone’ on Thursday morning
And speaking in an interview on Erik Anders Lang’s golf podcast, Bale has since claimed that when the fans whistle him, it makes him lose confidence.
On Marca’s front page on Thursday morning, the Spanish paper ran with the headline: ‘Bale is not made of stone’, which echoes his latest comments.
The 30-year-old told the podcast: ‘The whistles make you feel worse, you lose your confidence.
‘When you miss a goal opportunity and they whistle at you, the goal becomes smaller. Bale opens up on golf criticism and suffering Bernabeu w+3
The Welsh winger has endured a very tough time of late with Spanish giants Real Madrid
I have had 80,000 people whistling at me at the Bernabeu and you ask yourself: “How?” It is not a good thing. The first time I asked myself: “What is this?”’
After being asked why he believes the fans whistle him, the former Tottenham star admits he is none the wiser.
He added: ‘That’s the big question. They whistle and you feel worse, you lose your confidence and you play worse, and then the fans get even angrier.’
The Welshman then explained that he tries to take his mind off football as soon as he can after matches so that the negativity doesn’t affect him.+3
Bale is currently gearing up for LaLiga’s resumption following the suspension of football
‘If when you get home you see people talking about football, it causes mental problems,’ Bale added.
His future at the Bernabeu remains in doubt and when LaLiga eventually resumes again, Bale is set for yet more limited game-time under Zidane.
Injuries have prevented him from settling into the first-team and winning the support of Zidane, having featured just 18 times in all competitions this season, scoring three goals.