Bale: I was made a scapegoat

Gareth Bale has opened up about staying at Real Madrid this season, after failing to secure a move to another club during the transfer window.

Manager Zinedine Zidane revealed n July that the Welshman was on the brink of leaving the club during their pre-season tour of North America.

There were reports that Bale was set to move to the Chinese Super League but the move was blocked by Real president Florentino Perez.

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Bale netted a brace and was later sent off in the 2-2 draw with Villarreal last week, but he admits he is still not happy.

"I understand I was made more of a scapegoat than most, I take it with a pinch of salt even though maybe it's not all fully fair," Bale told Sky Sports.

"Towards the end of last season was difficult, there is no denying that, not just for me but for the team.

"I wouldn't say I'm playing happy but I'm playing. When I am playing, I am professional and I am always giving all I can, whether that be for club or country.

"I'm sure there'll be plenty more turbulence, to be honest. I suppose it is something you will have to speak to Real Madrid about, and it's between me and them, and we will have to come to some sort of conclusion."

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