Gareth Bale has claimed that he has no regrets over his actions at Real Madrid despite the disappointing manner in which his time at the Spanish capital has come to an end.
Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has already admitted that the winger’s career at Madrid is over and suggested Spurs could take up the option to extend the loan deal by another year (talkSPORT).
Bale certainly did himself no favours with his decision to pose next to a flag reading: “Wales. Golf. Madrid. in that order” after Wales qualified for the Euros last year but the 31-year-old has insisted that he has no regrets regarding any of his actions.
Bale said in an interview with Sky Sports: “No I don’t have any regrets, no. I just try and play football, that’s all I can do and everything else that’s said externally is out of my control.
“As I said, I have no regrets of what I’ve done, whatever anyone else has said, that’s up to them. I know my opinion of myself and my family know exactly what I am, so that’s all I’m worried about.”
The returning star admitted that he has matured as a player and a person during his time at Madrid, with the difficult moments helping become mentally stronger.
He added: “Obviously going into a different culture, a different country, I’ve had to grow up as a person, never mind a footballer.
“You just learn how to deal with the situations that you’re in. Obviously, I’ve been in immense pressure situations. I’ve had people on the pitch whistling in the stadium to me.
“So yeah I’ve just learned how to deal with those type of things, to not take it to seriously, take it too much to heart, and yeah just get on with it. It’s football – something that you love doing and you just need to give your best and sometimes that’s all you can do.”
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Given the expectations at Real Madrid, players have to be extremely strong mentally to succeed there. While things certainly soured for him over the last two years after the return of Zidane, no one can dismiss what Bale achieved at the club. He will go down as the most successful British export in footballing history.
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