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Gareth Bale’s agent claims Real Madrid should “kiss the floor” Welshman walks on


Gareth Bale’s agent has savaged Real Madrid insisting the Spanish champions should have been “kissing the winger’s feet” for his service to the club.

Jonathan Barnett, his long-time representative, has slammed critics questioning whether his star man – winner of four Champions Leagues – can still perform in the Premier League and lashed out at Bale’s treatment at the hands of Real Madrid.

Barnett said: “This country should be very proud of him, Great Britain should be very proud of him. Stop knocking him and write what he’s done and what he’s achieved.

“It’s very annoying, and it’s the same with Real Madrid and what he’s achieved for them. They should be kissing the floor he walks on.”

Bale, 31, is expected to be fit for Spurs for their October 17 clash at home to West Ham following his return to the club on loan last week.

Bale came in for criticism towards the end of his time at Real Madrid

Speaking on Talksport’s Sports Bar show, Barnett added: “[Bale leaving Real] was a build up of clash of personalities, a build up of not being supported, it was many different things.

“For somebody who has done as well as he has for Real Madrid, he didn’t get the respect he deserved and that was a big problem.”

Bale has a one-year loan deal at Spurs with the option for a second year which would take him to the year of his Real contract.

His final few seasons were ravaged by injuries while sections of Real’s support booed him and boss Zinedine Zidane, who said it “would be best for everyone” if Bale left in July 2019.

Barnett added: ”In my opinion, he wasn’t treated correctly for somebody who’s done so much for a great club. I think that things were wrong.

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“It’s hard to put one finger on it but I think somebody who has achieved what he has achieved for a club, in seven years, should have been treated better.

“I don’t want to blame anybody or go into it. I think what the fans did was disgraceful and the club didn’t help. That’s all I really want to get into.

“For seven years everybody’s been saying Gareth Bale doesn’t speak Spanish – Gareth Bale speaks Spanish!

“Everybody’s been saying Gareth Bale doesn’t care about football – Gareth Bale loves football, he’s never fallen out with football.

“He may have fallen out with other things, but not playing football, and I hope back at Tottenham people will realise and stop talking complete and utter rubbish.

“What I hope is he’ll get his love back for the game and play the way he can, but it’s up to him.

“And he’s not on trial anywhere. He’s achieved more than any other, I think, British footballer abroad, so I think he’s fine.”

By contrast, Bale continues to be adored at Tottenham where fans will have to wait until the middle of October for him to make his second debut after a knee problem picked up on Wales duty.

Asked how the move to the north London side came about, Barnett added: “Basically it was a conversation between [Tottenham chairman] Daniel Levy and myself where the subject came up, I suggested it and Daniel was interested.

“So that’s basically how it was done. No magic, just long chats. Daniel Levy’s been interested in bringing Gareth back for a long time. There was always a reason why it couldn’t happen. Just this was the right moment.”


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