Ancelotti: Bale needs to adapt

Carlo Ancelotti has called on patience from Real Madrid to allow Gareth Bale to adapt fully to his surroundings.

The Welshman has endured a difficult start to life in Spain following his €100m summer transfer and, after undergoing a mini preseason to boost fitness during the October international break, is facing scrutiny for recent performances, including against Barcelona at the weekend.

However, his Coach has backed him, as well as explained once more that the player’s issue with a protruding disc in his back is nothing major.

“I am not a doctor and it is hard to explain. Bale has played many games in recent years and he has a protrusion, which is normal for a player,” reflected Ancelotti to Cadena COPE this week.

“His problem is that he has not trained in preseason. The Wales Coach told me that I was crazy to play Bale but it was he who first selected him for the national team.

“Bale played 30 minutes against Villarreal and then had muscle overload. He had nothing, he just needed training.

“It is true that in recent games he has not done extraordinary things, but a player who arrives at a new team in a new culture takes time to adapt.

“The problem with the player is in adapting. I think it is different playing in Spain compared with England.”

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