‘Real Madrid made me a scapegoat,’ says Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale believes he was ‘made more of a scapegoat than most’ for disappointing results at Real Madrid last season, and admits he isn’t happy at the club.

Bale’s future was unclear throughout the summer transfer window amid suggestions returning Coach Zinedine Zidane didn’t see the Wales international as part of the team, but he remained at Santiago Bernabeu at the close of the transfer window and netted twice against Villarreal before he was sent off.

“I understand I was made more of a scapegoat than most, I take it with a pinch of salt even though maybe it's not all fully fair,” Bale told Sky Sports.

“Towards the end of last season was difficult, there is no denying that, not just for me but for the team. I wouldn't say I'm playing happy but I'm playing, when I am playing I am professional and I am always giving all I can, whether that be for club or country.”

Bale admitted that he doesn’t expect the future to be any more straightforward, but acknowledged that his camp and the club need to find a solution to avoid any more discord.

“I'm sure there'll be plenty more turbulence, to be honest,” the 30-year-old, signed from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, continued.

“I suppose it is something you will have to speak to Real Madrid about and it's between me and them, and we will have to come to some sort of conclusion.”

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