Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale admits ‘playing with anger’

Gareth Bale has admitted to playing with anger but did not get drawn onto recent speculation on his future at Real Madrid.

Earlier this week, El Mundo Deportivo highlights reports that Jonathan Barnett has floated his client’s availability to a range of clubs, because he desperately wants out of the Spanish capital.

It follows on from reports earlier this week from Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague who spoke on the BBC and written in Spanish news outlet Diario AS that the Welshman is angry with the situation he finds himself in and is now ready to walk out of the club.

“You play with a lot of emotion, and anger comes into it,” Bale told reporters, as cited by Cadena Cope, ahead of Wales' Euro 2020 qualifier in Slovakia on Thursday.

“But I'm just trying to play football, enjoy it as much as I can and give my best.

“Whenever I step onto the pitch I give 100% to help the team… I love meeting up with Wales. I haven't got anything to clear my mind about.”

It has been outlined that Bale was mystified by sitting out the recent Champions League clash against Club Brugge with no explanation, as he was totally fit and injury-free for the clash.

The 30-year-old had appeared to be returning to full form and fitness in the opening weeks of the campaign but is now said to be unhappy with his treatment by boss Zinedine Zidane and the club generally.

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

A move to Chinese football broke down at Madrid’s request – as they would not have received a transfer fee – and Bale scored twice, before being sent-off, in the recent 2-2 draw against Villarreal.

Bale has won four Champions Leagues, one La Liga title, a Copa del Rey and three Uefa Super Cups and Club World Cups during his time at Real, scoring over 100 goals across six years.

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