‘Be an a***hole’ – Van der Vaart on how Bale can succeed at Madrid

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Dom Le Roy

Gareth Bale has had an illustrious career at Real Madrid since moving to the club back in the summer of 2013.

Since then Bale has won the Champions League on four occasions as well as the La Liga and Copa del Rey and has scored over 100 goals for the club including some a memorable overhead kick in the final against Liverpool.

However, the Welshman is having a tough time at the club at the moment, with Madrid fans jeering him off the pitch on a couple of occasions. It has been reported that this likely to be Bale’s last season at the Spanish capital.

Former Tottenham and Real Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, who played with Bale at Spurs for two seasons, has suggested what the 29-year-old has to do to succeed at Madrid.

The former Dutch international insisted that Bale had to be more of an “a**hole” in order to succeed with Los Blancos.

Speaking to Standard Sport, Van der Vaart said, “It’s strange, but in Holland, we say that sometimes you need to be an a***hole.

“You can also be a positive a***hole. He’s worth €100m (A$158m) — they paid a lot of money and he has to do it. In his last year at Spurs, he took every free-kick, he decided everything.

“That’s what he has to do [at Real]. I realise it’s difficult, because you have so many good players, but he should do it more.

“Gareth is an amazing player but he’s a person that has to feel the confidence. He has to feel he is welcome.

“But I know Real is a difficult club if you don’t perform. It doesn’t matter if you’re Ronaldo, Bale or Van der Vaart — they’ll throw you out after just one year.”

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