There are very few players who are as adored by Spurs fans as Gareth Bale. The Welshman is undoubtedly one of the club’s modern-day greats and some of his performances for the Lilywhites will live fondly in the memories of the Spurs faithful.
However, it wasn’t always plain sailing for the wide man at Spurs as there was a spell under Harry Redknapp when he was still winless in a Spurs shirt and failed to get much game time.
The 30-year-old has now said that the hard times he faced early in his Spurs career made him better equipped to cope with the difficult moments that he faced this summer at Madrid.
Bale looked destined to leave in the summer after his manager Zinedine Zidane confirmed that he was not part of his plans (The Guardian). However, a proposed move to the Chinese Super League fell through and the former Spurs star has since then become an important player for Madrid in the early stages of the season.
Speaking about the problems he faced in the summer, Bale told The BBC, “It’s obviously not been great but I remember not playing for a year under Harry Redknapp (at Spurs).
“It’s not been ideal but I have been here before, I know how to deal with it. It’s about keeping the head down and working hard and I think you always get rewarded for the work you put in.
“I had a good pre-season in terms of training – not so much in games – then started the season well. Things in football I know can turn quickly. It’s a matter of time always.
“I feel good. I feel probably stronger than ever at the moment.
“When you get older you learn from mistakes in the past, doing a bit more prevention work in the gym and keeping yourself fitter.
“I feel in very good shape, hopefully I can stay on top of that and keep playing well.”
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The way Madrid as a club and the Madrid fans have treated Bale is nothing short of a disgrace. He should be hailed as a legend for scoring over 100 goals for the club and helping them end their Champions League drought. While he seems to have won the fans over for the moment, they will likely turn on him again as soon as he has a couple of poor displays.
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