Gareth Bale has confirmed what most football fans who don’t live under rocks already suspected by admitting he prefers playing for national side Wales over club team Real Madrid.
Despite being one of Los Blancos’ best players over the past decade, Bale has been consistently linked with a Bernabeu exit and a deal was supposedly in place to take him to the Chinese Super League in the summer, but to no avail.
On top of that, there’s been some reported outrage over Bale linking up with the Welsh squad despite not featuring for Real since early October.
“I’ve been with most of the older players since we were in the Under-17s.
“With Wales, I’m speaking my own language and feel more comfortable. But it doesn’t change what I do on the pitch.
“I always give 100% on the pitch wherever I am, that’s what I always strive to do.”
Bale has struggled with injuries again this season, while Zinedine Zidane’s obvious ambivalence to his presence has also not helped. He’s only managed to score two goals and provide two assists in six La Liga games so far this season, while he’s also struck twice in Euro qualifying for Wales.
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“I’ve done as much as I can in terms of trying to get back as quick as I can. We’ve done 11 v 11 to try and get some match fitness in me.
“If there had been a Real Madrid game this week, I would’ve been fit and training to play. Maybe to them it doesn’t look great, but it’s just a kind of coincidence that the national team comes around this week.”