'Real should kiss the floor Bale walks on'


Following Gareth Bale's return to Tottenham Hotspur last week, the Wales superstar's agent has launched a scathing attack at Real Madrid for the way the forward was treated.

Bale rejoined Spurs last week when he signed a season-long loan deal with the club, bringing to an end a bitter feud between himself and the reigning champions that had spanned the course of the past few seasons. 

Despite helping Real to 13 major honours during his time in Madrid, the 31-year-old's spell at the Santiago Bernabeu has been marred by off-field controversies and a string of fallouts with the club's management and supporters.

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With Bale having now returned to London, his agent has hit out at Los Blancos for the way that the six-time Welsh Footballer of the Year was treated and defended his client against a host of accusations that had been made against him.

"It was a build-up of a clash of personalities, a build-up of not being supported, it was many different things," the forward's agent Jonathan Barnett told talkSPORT.

"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.

"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."

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Barnett also hit out at the media in Spain and the United Kingdom for the way they portrayed Bale throughout his time with Real, insisting he deserved more respect for what he achieved on the pitch.

"I've been his agent since he was a very young boy, and I am so proud of him. Not just for his achievements and everything else, but because he has become a great man. He's never said anything wrong, he's never done anything… his life has been exemplary really," he added.

"When he came here [to Spain], one of the newspapers started writing articles about his family and his wife's family in the papers – that is scandalous.

"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."

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