Toshack: Gareth Bale not learning Spanish is an insult

Former Real Madrid boss John Toshack has blasted Gareth Bale for ‘insulting’ the club by ‘not learning the language’.

The Welsh wizard celebrated his 30th birthday last week and is said not to be part of Zinedine Zidane’s plans at the Bernabeu, while the Madrid fans have turned on him.

Bale has three years remaining on his Madrid contract and his hefty wage bill means that he has no strong desire to exit the club this summer despite the wishes of the hierarchy in the Spanish capital.

“Come out Gareth, do an interview, speak yourself,” Toshack told BBC Radio 5 Live, as cited by Diario AS.

“It's not gone down well at all here in Spain, and it saddens me.

“You've been here six or seven years now. You don't speak the language. That's an insult to the people that you're working for.

“He's been important in Real Madrid. It's just a great pity that he hasn't engaged himself a little bit more with the country that he's living in, with the supporters that are there every week.

“Gareth, come on. Take a little bit of time out and learn the language.”

The former Southampton and Spurs winger scored 14 goals with six assists in 42 competitive games last season.

Jiangsu Suning, who also 70% ownership of Italian club Inter, are one of Chinese football’s richest clubs but a 100% tax exists on foreign arrivals which could hamper any deal.

Bale has been linked with an exit from Madrid for months with England and China rumoured to be two possible destinations.

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