Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale has hit back at critics and claims that he has embraced his golfer nickname at the Bernabeu.
The Wales international had a difficult summer as he was steadily linked with a move away from Real Madrid. However, another deadline has passed and Bale remains a Real Madrid player.
He was repeatedly linked with a move to China and other Europeans teams but appears to has played his way into Zinedine Zidane’s heart with his performances this term.
According to the Welshman, he never doubted his abilities to prove his worth at the club despite the criticisms
In a chat with reporters ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifiers with Wales, Bale said:
“I don’t listen to the critics because they don’t really know what they are on about! I don’t read anything and I don’t listen to anyone,”
“I know most people don’t know or don’t understand the situation. What they write means nothing. It didn’t impact on me too much.
“It’s obviously not been great, but I wouldn’t say it’s the worst time of my career. I remember not playing for a year under Harry Redknapp.
“It’s not been ideal, but I have been here before and I know how to deal with it. I had a great summer holiday. Coming back to pre-season I just kept my head down.
“I know there was a lot of talk with everybody saying whatever they wanted. I just worked hard in training and got myself ready.
“The things that happened will stay private with the club. If you want answers, maybe you need to ask Real Madrid. Football can turn quickly.”
When asked if felt more settled after his two goals and red card thus far for Real Madrid this season, alongside the closure of the summer transfer window, he added:
“I suppose so. The transfer window is closed now! I am obviously fully fit and I am ready to go. Maybe I wasn’t in the summer.
“I don’t think mentally it [the criticism] affected me at all, but not playing for four, five or six weeks meant physically I wasn’t where I wanted to be. I am a professional and I am paid to play football.
“You go through ups and downs and people like to say whatever they want.
“At the end of the day I keep working hard in training. If you keep working hard things will turn and you will get rewarded for that.”