Real Madrid news: Why Gareth Bale really snubbed Man Utd and Chelsea

The Wales international has become an increasingly peripheral figure at Los Blancos and Florentino Perez is keen to get him off the wage bill.

But, according to Spanish daily El Confidencial, Bale is in no rush to leave because he’s obsessed with the array of golf courses in the area.

So much so, his team-mates in the Bernabeu dressing room refer to him as the ‘golfer’.

Bale has suffered a series of injury issues since joining the club in 2013.

However, the 29-year-old apparently finds it easier to cope with the setbacks given Madrid’s favourable climate and less intrusion from the media.

El Confidencial say Manchester United and Chelsea have both previously been keen to snare Bale.

The former Tottenham man was indifferent about their advances though.

Bale caused controversy last week during Real’s La Liga clash with Levante.

He converted a second-half penalty having come off the bench, but a visibly irritated Bale opted not to celebrate with his team-mates.

The fit of pique has caused issues behind the scenes.

It’s been claimed Isco, Marcelo, Marcos Asensio and Toni Kroos were all particularly irritated by his antics.

Nevertheless, European football expert Gabriele Marcotti says Bale won’t be leaving anytime soon despite rubbing up his colleagues the wrong way.

“I don’t know [what is going on] but that guy clearly has issues,” Marcotti told ESPN.

“With the goal celebration the week [against Atletico Madrid] before, then it feels as if people are taking pot-shots.

“Marcelo says he’s been here five years and can’t speak Spanish, which I think Bale would dispute.

“There are interviews where he appears to be speaking Spanish but he could just be reading phonetically off a cue card!

“Then the [Thibaut] Courtois thing about they all go out to dinner but it’s past Bale’s bed time. I don’t know.

“When you make a decision to go and act that way after you score – this is Real Madrid you’re at, the biggest goldfish bowl in the world – three days before El Clasico, people will talk about this, you will be under scrutiny.

“It speaks of someone who I think is unhappy and has one or two issues.

“But equally he had the opportunity to leave, he doesn’t want to leave either.

“Possibly because nobody is going to go and give him the wages that he gets at Real Madrid and no other club that might want him can match the stage of the Bernabeu. He’s stuck there.”

Real Madrid lock horns with Barcelona again this evening.

Santiago Solari’s men were battered 3-0 by the Catalans in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.


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