Gareth Bale’s agent says Real Madrid fans are ‘nothing short of a disgrace’
Welsh international was booed as he was replaced in El Clasico defeat to Barcelona
Gareth Bale pictured during Real Madrid’s game against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Oscar Del Pozo/AFP/Getty Images
Gareth Bale’s agent has suggested Real Madrid supporters should be “ashamed of themselves” for jeering the Wales international in Saturday’s El Clasico loss to Barcelona.
With Madrid suffering a third consecutive home defeat for the first time in 15 years, large sections of the Bernabeu crowd booed Bale as he was replaced in the 1-0 reverse.
The loss leaves Santiago Solari’s side 12 points adrift of their bitter rivals, who sit top of La Liga as they aim for a fifth title in the last six years.
Former Tottenham winger Bale has had success in Spain since leaving for Madrid in 2013 – winning the Champions League on four occasions and scoring in two finals, including twice in last season’s victory over Liverpool.
It is for moments such as those that Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, feels the player should be shown the “greatest of respect” by Madrid fans.
“This generation of Real fans will be talking about Gareth’s goals for years to come,” Barnett told Sky Sports News.
“Frankly they should be ashamed of themselves. Gareth deserves the greatest of respect.
“The way the Real fans have treated Gareth is nothing short of a disgrace. In the six years he has been in Spain, he has won everything.
“He is one of the best players in the world. Those fans should be kissing his feet.”
The 29-year-old has had added pressure this season following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.
There have been suggestions he is still unsettled in Spain and is cut-off from his team-mates, a view not helped by the fact he refused to celebrate his winning goal against Levante recently.
But Barnett rubbished such reports and insists Bale is intending to stay beyond the summer and not look for a move away.
“Despite what the Spanish press are reporting, he’s happy,” added Barnett.
“He speaks reasonable Spanish and there is no problem between him and the rest of the Real players. The people writing these things know nothing about him.
“There has not been one single discussion about Gareth leaving Madrid. He isn’t going anywhere this summer.”