‘Madrid will sort out selfish players’

Carlo Ancelotti praised Gareth Bale’s contribution to Real Madrid’s 3-0 win against Espanyol but warned “if someone is selfish, we’ll sort them out.”

The Welshman was jeered by his own supporters for the remainder of Los Blancos' victory over the Catalans on Saturday after he refused to pass to Cristiano Ronaldo in a failed one-on-one scenario with Kiko Casilla.

“[Bale] played very well. He scored and starred in the first goal … Then the fans asked him to pass to Cristiano, but he wanted to score,” he said after the game.

“Altruism is important and if someone is selfish, we’ll sort them out. The fans demand a lot from the big players and Bale’s one of them.

“We always have to start with this [referring to Ronaldo’s frustration]. The relationship between them and everyone else is very good.

“We all work towards the same objective, which is to bring to Madrid to the top. There’s no need to talk about this.

“I saw him in great physical condition and play for the team like always. He supplied a fantastic assist for James.

“Isco’s been playing well for a long time, with the consistency he lacked last year. Considering he’s a new player, Kroos has been great. He’s also been consistent.

“I’m surprised [about the Raphael Varane to Bayern Munich links] because I knew that [Jorge] Mendes was his agent. Three days ago, he had another agent. Varane will be a Madrid player for a long time.

“I didn’t understand [Fabio] Coentrao’s dismissal. I found it an incomprehensible decision, which complicated the game for us, although we coped well with going a man down.

“We want to come back [against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey] and do our utmost to reach the quarter-finals. Everyone is waiting, but we must be calm because the game is difficult. Playing at home will help us.

“[The goalkeeper against Atletico?] I’ve decided: [Keylor] Navas.”

Tags Carlo Ancelotti Cristiano Ronaldo Fabio Coentrao Gareth Bale Isco Keylor Navas Raphael Varane Toni Kroos